ConAgra issues recall for frozen entrees
ConAgra Foods on June 17 announced a voluntary recall for Marie Callender’s Cheesy Chicken & Rice single-serve frozen entrées.
The recall, according to media reports, is probably due to the fear that the product may be linked to some cases of salmonella poisoning.
The company said that the recall was issued after it was informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that it was possible that the product was associated with eight cases of salmonellosis in the United States.
ConAgra said in its press release that CDC interviews have identified those who reported eating this product in April and May this year, but it said that there is no definitive link between the recalled product and any illness.
The FSIS gives the following to help consumers identify the recalled product:
13-ounce packages of "Marie Callender's Cheesy Chicken & Rice White Meat Chicken and Broccoli over Rice Topped with Rich Cheddar Sauce."
Each package bears a label with establishment number "P-45" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
ConAgra said "This recall does not apply to any products sold in Marie Callender’s restaurants."
The CDC on June 18 announced a multistate outbreak of human salmonella Chester infections on its website.
According to the CDC, as of on June 18, 2010, a total of 30 people in 15 states have been infected with Salmonella Chester since April 11. Six were hospitalized, but no death was reported.
The states where salmonella cases have been reported include CA (4), CO (2), GA (6), IL (1), KY (1), MA (2), MN (2), MO (1), NC (1), OK (1), OR (2), SC (2), TN (1), UT (1), and VA (3).
The CDC started investigating the outbreak on June 14 and preliminary analysis suggests that eating a Marie Callender’s frozen meal is a possible source of illness.
ConAgra urged those who are experiencing any symptoms seek medical attention and those who have questions about the recall contact the company at 1-866-484-9610.