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Salmonella Chester Outbreak Linked to ConAgra’s Marie Callender’s Cheesy Chicken and Rice Frozen Meals – 29 Ill in 14 States

ConAgra Foods Packaged Foods, LLC, a Council Bluffs, Iowa establishment is recalling Marie Callender’s brand Cheesy Chicken and Rice frozen meals, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The company is recalling all Marie Callender’s brand Cheesy Chicken and Rice frozen meals in commerce, regardless of production date. These products are being recalled after the company was informed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of an investigation involving 29 people in 14 states who have been diagnosed with salmonellosis linked to Salmonella serotype Chester. Eight of the case-patients specifically reported eating this product in April and May, 2010, prior to illness onset; the last reported illness was reported on May 22.

FSIS became aware of the problem during the course of an ongoing investigation of a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella serotype Chester illnesses. CDC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), FSIS, and state health and agriculture departments are cooperating in this ongoing investigation. The investigation is ongoing, and has not yet definitively identified a food vehicle(s). Further information will be released to the public as it becomes available.

The products subject to recall include:

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. The establishment is recalling all the products listed above which are currently in commerce. These products were distributed to retail establishments nationwide.

  • Kaye Mitchum

    My husband and I ate Marie Callenders Chicken Pot Pie for dinner aroun6:00pm and I woke up at 3:00am the next morning with stomach cramps. My husband woke up around 5:00am with the same problem. We were both sick as dogs all day and got everything stopped aroun 5:00pm but it took my husband a week to get over it and I am still having problems with my stomach. I just wanted to let you know what happened to us. We had not been together all day and had not eaten the same thing all day until dinner. If you have any suggestions to help get me over it is all I am looking for.

  • Lisa

    I am in huge pain also from eating the marie callender’s chicken pot pie. I feel so sick and do not know what to do… I do not have medical insurance. I missed a day of work and today is my sons prom. Why are they able to sell any type of foods if they keep poising people?

  • Gwen Zradicka

    I quite enjoy Marie Callenders Chicken pot pies and so far, have not been poinson from eating thm.
    My big complaint is, that they never cook completely in the cardboard containers and are always soggy and uncooked on the bottom. I bought some foil containers and transfered the pies to them while they were still frozen and they brown well on the bottom.
    Perhaps the reason why your customers are getting ill from eating them, is that the bottoms part of the pie is completely undercooked and is, in fact, raw.
    I will not buy them again for this reason.