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10-10-2007, 03:07 PM #1mekemjsnowGuest
OT: Pot pie recall due to Salmonella Contamination
SafeFood Listserv recipients,
I am forwarding this message received from Tony Flood with IFIC Food
Safety Communications regarding an outbreak of salmonellosis linked
to ConAgra Turkey and Chicken Pot Pies. Theoretically, Salmonella
should be adequately destroyed by proper cooking. That there have
been 139 cases linked to ConAgra pot pies in 30 states indicates
that either people are not adequately cooking these before eating
and/or the load of Salmonella in the pot pies is excessively high
and not getting adequately destroyed during what sort of cooking or
microwaving is being done.
From Tony Flood
Public Health Alert: Turkey and Chicken Pot Pies
As you may already know, USDA FSIS issued a public health alert late
yesterday regarding potential Salmonella contamination in turkey and
chicken pot pies. See:
more information. Briefly, "The Agency is advising consumers not to
eat or to discard these chicken or turkey pot pie products until we
are able to determine the source, products and potential production
dates of contamination and to verify proper cooking instructions for
these not-ready-to-eat products. We will provide updates as further
information becomes available."
There has been major news coverage about this alert from MSNBC
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21209566/ to AP / New York Times (below)
and we are providing the "Consumers Guide to Food Safety Risks" as
appropriate consumer information via www.ific.org.
As a trusted food safety media expert, please let us know if you are
available over the next few days to respond to any media calls that
we may receive.
Thanks in advance for your willingness to provide consumer
information on this much needed issue. And as always, please feel
free to give us a call if you have any questions.
Director, Food Safety Communications
202/296-4630 - direct
ConAgra Pies May Be Linked To Salmonella
October 10, 2007; Page D5
OMAHA, Neb. -- ConAgra Foods Inc. voluntarily stopped production
yesterday at the Missouri plant that makes its Banquet pot pies
after health officials said the pies may be linked to 139 cases of
salmonella in 30 states.
ConAgra officials believe the company's pies are safe if they are
cooked properly, but the company told consumers not to eat its
chicken or turkey pot pies until the government and company
investigations are complete.
The Department of Agriculture also issued a health alert to warn
consumers about the link between the company's product and the
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been
tracking reports of the salmonella cases since last Wednesday. A CDC
spokeswoman said the largest numbers of salmonella cases had been
reported in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Missouri.
Salmonella sickens about 40,000 people a year in the U.S. and kills
about 600. Most of the deaths are among people with weaker immune
systems such as the elderly or young. Most cases of salmonella
poisoning are caused by undercooked eggs and chicken.
So far no deaths have been linked to the pot pies.
Earlier this year, ConAgra had to recall all of its peanut butter
because it was linked to a different salmonella outbreak.
Pat Kendall, PhD, RD
Professor and Extension Specialist
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1571