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Is there a connection between Con Agra, Chicken Pot Pies and Salmonella typhimurium?

Salmonella typhimurium is a leading cause of human gastroenteritis. The genus Salmonella contains over 2,000 sero-species and is one of the most important pathogens in the family Enterobacteriaceae. Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium is the among the most common Salmonella serovars causing Salmonellosis infections in the US. In humans, Salmonellosis causes diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection and may last for up to 7 days. Some cases result in hospitalization. Salmonella is readily transmitted through the feces of people or animals. The incidence of non-typhoid salmonellosis (which is caused by Salmonella enterica typhi) is increasing worldwide, causing millions of infections and many deaths in the human population each year.

Fox 12 of Idaho reported today:

Salmonella Scare Prompts Health Warning

Boise, Idaho — A salmonella scare has local health officials concerned.  A number of Salmonella infections have been reported across southern Idaho since mid September.  Experts at the Idaho Health and Welfare Department believe they could be linked to undercooked chicken pot pies.  Residents are being warned to follow cooking instructions carefully — since some frozen convenience foods are not pre-cooked.

We understand that there may be in excess of 200 culture-positive Salmonella typhimurium ill persons nationwide tied to the consumption of chicken pot pies and turkey pot pies.  As I told Law and More blogger Jane Genova this evening, we have seen a disturbing trend of contacts with our office where Salmonella and Con Agra Banquet chicken and turkey pot pies seem linked.  It will be interesting to see what health officials do in the morning – “voluntary recall” perhaps?  No recall at all?  By the way, are pot pies USDA or FDA responsibility?

  • R. Smith

    why are these foods still being sold in wal-mart and other local grocery stores. I had to visit the emergency room last week with stomach pains vomiting and diarrehea at 43y/o and 35 weeks pregnant they thought I was in labor thankfully it was me and not one of my young children inspect our food if we work and spend our hard earned money on it we should not have to throw it away or worry about what we consume thiss is getting ridiculous.

  • trippin

    ConAgra has had incidents of salmonella in peanut butter, and had a beef recall for E Coli they then cooked and put into food products (they weren’t required by the USDA to NOT do that.) I’ll be buying a lot of ConAgra products in the future — and voting for the political party that has led to this complete breakdown of the food inspection system — NOT.

  • ConAgra Foods Recalls All Banquet Pot Pies and Store Brand Pot Pies

    From a ConAgra Press Release: OMAHA, Neb.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 11, 2007–ConAgra Foods announced today that it is continuing its efforts to ensure consumer safety by voluntarily recalling all varieties of Banquet brand frozen pot pies and all varieti…

  • Robert & Millicent Van Dyke

    Add Banquet Brand Chicken Nugget Frozen Meal by Con Agra to the list. My wife and I fell ill March 3, 2009, 18 hours and 8 hours respectively after splitting a “Chicken Nugget” that I remarked about at the time, “I can’t taste any chicken in these nuggets”. They were not in any way tasty. Now I know why. My Email address should be changed to bloody butt after four days of violent upheaval, yellow diarrhea misery, and now, additionally, sharp butt pain. An old healed external hemorrhoid has restarted bleeding. Kroger, the seller, is big enough to have provided their own testing.