ConAgra is expanding its recall of pot pies to include all brands it produces -- a huge expansion that indicates probable systematic problems with its manufacture of pot pies.
The voluntary recall is being conducted in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture. The USDA released this information about the recall:
The following brands and all varieties, including chicken, turkey and beef, of frozen pot pie products are subject to this recall:
- Food Lion
- Great Value
- Hill Country Fare
- Western Family
These frozen pot pies include all varieties in 7 oz. single serving packages bearing an establishment number "P-9" or "Est. 1059" printed on the side of the package.
These frozen pot pie products were distributed to retail establishments throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean islands. Based on product shelf life, these products could still be in consumers' freezers and it is important that consumers look for and return or discard and do not eat these products if they find them.
On October 9, FSIS issued a public health alert for these frozen pot pie products following an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State public health departments into a large cluster of illnesses caused by Salmonella that identified these products. The establishment voluntarily ceased operations on October 9; however FSIS continues its investigation to determine the source of contamination. The CDC, State public health departments and FSIS also continue investigation into the multi-state illness outbreak.
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact the Toll-Free Hotline at (866) 484-8671. Media with questions may contact company Director of Communications Stephanie Childs at (402) 595-6258. For more information consumers and media can also visit: www.conagrafoodscompany.com/corporate/index.jsp.
Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
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