CDC launches investigation into listeria outbreak linked to deli meats


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CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to deli meats.

According to the public health agency, 10 people in Florida, Massachusetts and New York have been infected with the outbreak strain of listeria and hospitalized. One death has been reported from Florida.

The investigation notice states that epidemiologic evidence shows that deli meat is a likely source of this outbreak, although a specific type of deli meat and common supplier have not yet been identified.

In interviews with nine ill people, all reported eating Italian-style meats, such as salami, mortadella, and prosciutto, stated CDC. They reported purchasing prepackaged deli meats and meats sliced at deli counters at various locations.