Following pleas from state health officials after the Centers for Disease Control linked at least 165 cases of Salmonella in 31 states to ConAgra produced pot pies, the company finally recalled the products on Thursday, October 11, 2007.
The recall pertains to frozen chicken, turkey and beef pot pie products under the following labels:
Hill Country Fare
Earlier in the week, ConAgra Foods advised consumers to not eat these products while it looked into the concerns but refused to issue a recall and maintained the products' safety.
The affected pies are sold in 7 oz. single serving packages bearing an establishment number "P-9" or "Est. 1059" printed on the side of the package. The Salmonella contaminated pot pies were sold in all 50 states, as well as in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20 people have been hospitalized as part of the ongoing outbreak, but so far no deaths have been linked to the pot pies. ConAgra shut down the pot pie production line at its Marshall, Missouri, plant, where the products were made.
In February 2007, ConAgra recalled all of its peanut butter after the CDC linked it to a Salmonella outbreak that eventually sickened at least 625 people in 47 states.
Salmonella bacteria causes diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 72 hours of exposure. Children, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to complications from Salmonella poisoning. In rare cases, extreme instances of Salmonella poisoning can lead to a disease called Reiter's Syndrome, which is associated with chronic arthritis.
We are investigating cases of serious injury, including hospitalization and death, after eating any of the above products. For more information, please contact Jon Gelman at (973) 696-7900 or firstname.lastname@example.org..
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