BURRILLVILLE, R.I. —A Rhode Island meat company recalled 1.24 million pounds of pepper-coated salami on Saturday, after officials conducting a monthslong, multistate investigation of a salmonella outbreak compared shopping receipts of those who got sick.
The recall by Daniele International Inc. comes amid an outbreak that's sickened 184 people in 38 states since July.
Daniele has been identified as the source of the ongoing outbreak by William Keene, a senior epidemiologist at the public health division in Oregon, where eight people have gotten sick.
Keene said Saturday that the cause of the sickness was difficult to track and some questions remain, such as whether it was the meat or the pepper that was contaminated.
Campaign adviser to play bigger role
WASHINGTON — David Plouffe, who led Barack Obama's winning campaign for the White House, will play a larger role in advising the president as reeling Democrats try to rally in this election year.
Plouffe's primary job on behalf of the White House will be to devise, coordinate and analyze strategies for the House, Senate and gubernatorial races in November, according to an administration official.
As one of Obama's most trusted advisers, Plouffe clearly will have a larger imprint, operating through the Democratic National Committee and Organizing for America, Obama's political organization.
The timing is significant because Democrats, just one year after Obama came into office, are the ones now on the defensive.