Receipts lead to salami recall

January 24, 2010 2:36:14 PM PST
Shopping receipts have helped experts track down what might be behind a multistate salmonella outbreak.Daniele International Inc. has recalled nearly one and a-quarter million pounds of pepper-coated salami linked to the outbreak that's sickened 184 people in 38 states since July.

A senior epidemiologist at the public health division in Oregon identified the Rhode Island-based company as a possible source after comparing shopping receipts of those who got sick.

But, William Keene says questions remain, such as whether the meat or the pepper is the culprit.

But a Daniele spokesman says there's "no evidence" that points to his company as the source. He says two of the company's three plants have been tested and found free of bacteria.

The spokesman says the recall is being issued in case more evidence implicates the salami.

The company has set up a hot line for consumers or distributors at (888) 345-4160.

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