For Immediate Release: Oct. 12, 2007
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health has expanded its warning for consumers to avoid eating frozen beef, chicken and turkey pot pies manufactured by ConAgra Foods, Inc. that may have been linked to two reported cases of Salmonella illness in Vermont.
The two reported cases in Vermont were contracted in July and both people have fully recovered.
ConAgra asked stores, including stores in Vermont, to pull the pot pies from their shelves after they were reportedly linked to a Salmonella outbreak that nationwide may have caused 165 cases in 31 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Those brands are: Banquet, Albertson's, Food Lion, Great Value, Hill Country Fare, Kirkwood, Kroger, Meijer and Western Family. ConAgra is offering refunds for the turkey, beef and chicken-filled meals that bear the number "P-9" printed on the side of the packages.
Salmonella illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. However, it can be life-threatening for the elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems. Most people develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.
Anyone with questions about the recall should call ConAgra at (866) 484-8671. For more information consumers should also visit: www.conagrafoodscompany.com/corporate/index.jsp.
Information on reported illnesses is also available at www.cdc.gov/salmonella/.