ConAgra hit by another Salmonella scare

by Editor
Thursday, October 18, 2007

ConAgra Foods was contacted by state health officials regarding concerns that some of its frozen products may be linked to an outbreak of Salmonella.

In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), ConAgra Foods directed retailers to remove the poultry pot pies from shelves, suspended pot pie production at its Missouri plant and advised consumers to not eat these products and discard these products while an investigation was conducted.

As that investigation continues, ConAgra Foods issued the recall to ensure the utmost clarity for consumers about the fact that they should not eat these products. Additionally, to avoid any confusion on pot pie varieties, ConAgra Foods has simplified the recall to include all Banquet and store brand pot pie varieties.

As conveyed earlier this week, ConAgra Foods reminds consumers that these products are not ready-to-eat. 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.

FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service) said these products were considered the potential source of reported illnesses caused by Salmonella based on epidemiological evidence collected by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State public health departments.

ConAgra was earlier this year at the centre of another Salmonella outbreak across the country. The firm's Peter Pan and Great Value branded peanut butter were linked to sickness that affected at least 425 people across 44 US states.