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ConAgra Finally Recall Salmonella Pot Pies

by 5m Editor
12 October 2007, at 10:52am

OMAHA - ConAgra Foods announced today that it has finally given in to the repeated demands of health officials and recalled all of its Banquet brand frozen pot pies. The pies have been linked to 165 cases of salmonella nationwide.

ConAgra Finally Recall Salmonmella Pot Pies OMAHA - ConAgra Foods announced today that it has finally given in to the repeated demands of health officials and recalled all of its Banquet brand frozen pot pies. The pies have been linked to 165 cases of salmonella nationwide.

Earlier this week, ConAgra Foods was contacted by state health officials regarding concerns that some of its Banquet poultry pot pie products may be linked to an outbreak of salmonella. Days later ConAgra Foods directed retailers to remove the poultry pot pies from shelves, suspended pot pie production in its Marshall, Mo., plant and advised consumers to not eat these products and discard these products while an investigation was conducted.

Oregon health officials welcomed the recall as the best protection for consumers.

"I think ConAgra had a chance to think it over and decided that what's best for public health is coincidentally best for their business too," said Dr. William E. Keene, a senior communicable disease epidemiologist at the Oregon Public Health Division. "They don't want to make people sick."

If they wish, consumers may continue to use the same return process as described on Tuesday. They may return these products to ConAgra Foods for a refund by sending the side panel of the package that contains the UPC code to ConAgra Foods, Dept. BQPP, P.O. Box 3768, Omaha, NE 68103-0768. If consumers prefer, they may return the product to the store from which it was purchased for a refund. Consumers should discard the product prior to returning the entire package or panel containing UPC code to their retail store.

As conveyed earlier this week, ConAgra Foods reminds consumers that these products are not ready-to-eat. Before the product returns to market, the company will revise on-package cooking directions to provide additional clarity on proper preparation by consumers. Proper cooking of all not-ready-to-eat products, including pot pies, is specifically designed to eliminate the presence of common pathogens found in many uncooked products.

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