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William Marler, food safety attorney, urges Con Agra to recall all Banquet Pot Pies immediately to protect the public.

From a Press Release this morning:

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 10, 2007–William Marler called on ConAgra this morning “to do the right thing for its customers and to immediately recall all of its Banquet Pot Pies without question and without hesitation.” According to a press release this morning, the CDC announced, “The outbreak appears to be ongoing.” Marler added, “As of last night these products were still on store shelves and in fact were on sale — 2 for $1.00. ConAgra, the USDA and all health authorities, should put people’s safety above sales.”

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported 139 people in 30 states have been linked to the consumption of ConAgra’s Banquet Pot Pies. The states with ill persons are: Arizona (1 person), California (5), Connecticut (3), Delaware (5), Georgia (2), Idaho (2), Illinois (3), Indiana (3), Kansas (2), Kentucky (7), Massachusetts (5), Maryland (5), Maine (1), Minnesota (5), Missouri (11), Montana (4), Nevada (6), New York (6), Ohio (6), Oklahoma (1), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (13), Tennessee (5), Texas (4), Utah (2), Virginia (6), Vermont (2), Washington (1), Wisconsin (19), Wyoming (2). At least 20 people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

BACKGROUND: Marler’s Seattle-based law firm, Marler Clark (www.marlerclark.com) has represented thousands of victims of E. coli, Salmonella, Hepatitis A, Listeria, Shigella, Campylobacter and Norovirus illnesses in over thirty states. In 1998, Marler and his current law partners formed www.outbreakinc.com, a non-profit food safety organization. Marler dedicates a significant amount of his time to travel to food-industry and public health conferences, giving speeches about how to prevent food poisoning and the consequences of foodborne illness outbreaks. Marler comments on foodborne illness outbreaks and litigation at www.marlerblog.com. For more information about Salmonella, see www.about-salmonella.com. Mr. Marler can be reached on his mobile phone at 206-719-4705 or by email at bmarler@marlerclark.com.

  • If the companies would use an effective traceback system, the burger could be traced within seconds to the sources .It would be much easier to find the contamination within the chain of custody and the food handlers within a plant site.

  • jean fox

    my husband and live in oh. we also consumed the turkey pot pie on the 10/09/07 and was watching the news the next morn.and heard of the risk of salmonella, we are very scared, and appalled at the fact that there is NO RECALL!!!!whats up with that,and the nerve of them to tell people to throw them, and the worst if THEY’VE KNOW SINCE JANUARY!!! my god is money more important than people lives.

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