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Health Alert: “Do not eat” advised for frozen chicken and turkey pot pies (USDA Oct 9, 2007)

Banquet Chicken Pot Pie (click to enlarge)
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Banquet Chicken Pot Pie

Banquet Chicken Pot Pie

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is investigating a Missouri establishment that on October 9 voluntarily ceased operations due to reported illnesses linked to their products. (LINK)

Banquet brand and generic store brand frozen not-ready-to-eat pot pie products with “P-9” printed on the side of the package may be the source of reported illnesses caused by Salmonella based on evidence collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State public health departments (LINK).

The Agency is advising consumers not to eat or to discard these chicken or turkey pot pie products until they 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.

The CDC indicates that most people infected with Salmonella will have symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pains 12 to 72 hours after ingesting the bacteria. These symptoms usually last 4 to 7 days and generally recovery occurs without treatment. In rare cases the infection can become severe. Infants, elderly persons, and people with impaired immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness.

For more information please see the USDA website ( LINK)

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