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      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.

      Pat Kendall

      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:

      https://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/NR_100907_01/index.asp for

      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

      https://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 http://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.

      regards,

      tony flood

      director, food safety communications

      ific

      202/296-4630 – direct

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      ConAgra Pies May Be Linked To Salmonella

      associated press

      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

      salmonella cases.

      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

      voice: 970-491-1945

      fax: 970-491-7252

      kendall@cahs.colostate.edu

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