The Ministry of Health has announced that the manufacturer Salumificio Volpi has issued a precautionary recall for some batches of Napoli salami due to the possible presence of Salmonella spp.
The lots affected
The affected product is sold already sliced in 80 gram packets marked with batch numbers L231220, L231227, L240103 and L240105, with expiry dates respectively 02/08/2024, 02/15/2024, 02/22/2024 and 02/24/2024. Although the recall was issued on 02/06/2024, the Ministry of Health only made this information public today, 02/09/2024. The three-day delay was enough to cause one of the batches subject to the recall to expire.
The Salumificio Volpi Spa, based in Via Roma 41 in Collebeato, province of Brescia (IT 210 L CE identification mark), is the producer of the Napoli salami subject to the recall. As a precautionary measure, the company recommends not consuming salami with the expiry dates and batch numbers mentioned. Those who own the recalled product are asked to return it to the store where it was purchased.
According to the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), the Salmonella is the most frequently encountered bacterial agent in foodborne infectionsboth sporadic and epidemic.
The risks of salmonella
This bacterium is present in nature in over 200 different variants. Salmonella Enteritidis is included in the group of “lower salmonellas”, responsible for over 50% of gastrointestinal infections. These can affect both humans and domestic and farmyard animals (such as chickens, pigs, cattle, rodents, dogs, cats, chicks), as well as wild animals.
Salmonella typically causes nausea, crampy abdominal pain, diarrhea with liquid stools mixed with mucus and, sometimes, small quantities of blood. The presence of green stools, fever of 38-39°C, vomiting, joint pain and headaches is also possible.
Salmonellosis, being a bacterial infection, might lead one to think that it is treatable with antibiotics. However, it is often not recommended to use them because most cases of Salmonella gastroenteritis are mild and self-limiting. Usually, symptoms subside spontaneously within a few days. For this reason, the main treatment consists of rest and abundant fluid intake, which help compensate for the loss of water and salts due to vomiting and diarrhea. The intake of lactic ferments and probiotics is also useful for restoring optimal bacterial flora.
Where to find information about product withdrawals and recalls
The site of Ministry of Health publishes both recalls and food withdrawals. Recently, a batch of DOP sweet gorgonzola was recalled due to listeria risk, while last week a batch of Freshona blueberries was recalled due to the presence of Novovirus.
Food business operators (FBOs) are obliged to inform customers about the non-compliance of products and to withdraw them from the market. In the event of a sale already made, the OSA must also proceed with the recall, informing consumers about the products at risk through signs and notices in the points of sale. The OSA is required to publish the recall on the Ministry of Health portal, and the publication is managed by the competent Region, which receives the information directly from the OSA, following evaluation by the ASL.
The warnings published on the Ministry portal inform citizens about dangerous foods when the measures adopted may not be sufficient to safeguard the consumer’s health, especially in the case of online purchases of foods or food supplements containing dangerous substances or outbreaks of food-borne diseases.