Check your fridge now to avoid getting sick

Certain Mini Parmesan Salami Sticks from Creminelli Fine Meats are part of a major recall because the product contains an egg protein known to cause allergies. The egg is part of the parmesan recipe but does not appear on the packaging of the salami sticks. As a result, people with an egg allergy can accidentally eat meat and experience life-threatening side effects.

This recall follows a similar recall late last year. But these salami sticks have been pulled from store shelves due to Salmonella contamination.

Reminder of Creminelli Parmesan Mini Salami Sticks

The company recently announced the recall, with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issuing the press release. on this link.

Creminelli is recalling 4,207 pounds of Ready-to-Eat (RTE) Parmesan Salami Sticks. That’s over 2 tons of meat products.

Inspection staff discovered the mark error during a routine label check. The product contains egg white lysozyme, an ingredient in some cheeses. But this protein can also cause allergic reactions in people with egg allergies and it is not declared on the label.

The company produced the Mini Parmesan Salami Sticks in the recall from October 26, 2021 through April 26, 2022. Creminelli sold the product at various outlets in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts and Utah. They were available nationwide through online sales, so people across the country are being affected.

Anyone who has recently purchased Creminelli Parmesan Mini Salami Sticks should look for the following IDs:

  • 2.6 oz. plastic bags containing “CREMINELLI FINE MEATS UNDRIED ITALIAN PARMESAN SALAMI” salami minis with “BEST BEFORE” dates 06/18/22 through 12/09/22.
  • Establishment number “EST34644” stamped on the back of the product packaging next to the expiry date
Creminelli Parmesan Mini Salami Sticks Recall: Before packaging. Image sources: FSIS

Why Egg Allergies Can Be Dangerous

The recall announcement states that there have been no confirmed reports of adverse effects from consuming these mini parmesan salami sticks. However, people with egg allergies are still at risk.

According Mayo Clinic, egg allergy symptoms are similar to other food allergy symptoms. They can harden within minutes to hours after exposure.

People may experience skin inflammation or hives; nasal congestion, runny nose and sneezing; cramps, nausea and vomiting; and coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, or shortness of breath.

Finally, anaphylaxis is a life-threatening complication of egg allergies. The airways constrict to such a degree that breathing becomes difficult or impossible. You may experience abdominal pain and cramps, a rapid pulse, or even shock with a severe drop in blood pressure. The latter often presents as dizziness, lightheadedness, or loss of consciousness.

Recall of mini Creminelli parmesan salami sticks: Back of packaging.
Recall of mini Creminelli parmesan salami sticks: Back of packaging. Image sources: FSIS

what you should do

If you’re not allergic to eggs, you can still eat the Mini Parmesan Salami Sticks from the Creminelli Recall.

However, keeping products with undeclared allergens around the house is not a good idea if friends or family members have life-threatening allergies. There’s always a chance you’ll serve the salami sticks to a guest with an egg allergy you’re not aware of.

Therefore, the company urges consumers not to consume these salami sticks. They must return the product to the place of purchase or discard it.

The press release doesn’t explicitly mention refunds, but you can contact Creminelli if you have any questions. You will find full contact details on this link.

My opinion

I love Creminelli products, especially the company’s soppresata. Joe Bastianich had a store called Tarry Market in Port Chester, NY and I was hitting the Creminelli hard. Brands recall products all the time, but since this is a very sensitive allergy-related product, we recommend that you follow the recall instructions and be careful where you consume or serve this product to be very careful and safe.

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