ConAgra recalls all frozen pot pies

All ConAgra’s pot pies are made at the Marshall plant, which began producing microwavable frozen pot pies in 2005.  “We’re recalling all of them, all ever made at that plant,” said Childs.

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 varieties of store brand frozen pot pies sold under the names of Albertson’s, Hill Country Fare, Food Lion, Great Value, Kirkwood, Kroger, Meijer and Western Family. The recall includes all Banquet pot pie varieties, including poultry and beef. The store brand not-ready-to-eat pot pie products include all varieties under the following brand names:

Albertson’s (sold at Albertson’s);
Hill Country Fare (sold at HEB);
Food Lion (sold at Food Lion);
Great Value (sold at Wal-Mart);
Kirkwood (sold at Aldi);
Kroger (sold at Kroger);
Meijer (sold at Meijer);
Western Family (now discontinued; previously sold at a variety of small retailers).

No one is more pleased that I am that ConAgra did the right thing (perhaps a bit slowly) and put public health before company profits. I started blogging about the potential problem on Monday and pleaded with ConAgra to institute a recall on Tuesday and Wednesday. We sued them today.  I am sure that the blogs and the suit had no relationship to the recall?  Perhaps other reasons included cooking show “Cooking a frozen pot pie in a microwave” or the Oregonians article in Wednesday paper “ConAgra refuses to recall potpies”.  And, the FSIS and CDC weigh in:

Missouri Firm Recalls Frozen Pot Pie Products For Possible Salmonella Contamination
Recall Release     CLASS I RECALL

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2007 – ConAgra Foods, a Marshall, Mo., firm, is voluntarily recalling an undetermined amount of all varieties of frozen pot pie products in commerce that may be linked to an outbreak of salmonellosis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.  These frozen pot pies include all varieties in 7 oz. single serving packages bearing an establishment number “P-9” or “Est. 1059” printed on the side of the package.

Salmonella victims increase to 165 in 31 states

ATLANTA, Oct. 11, 2007 – Between January 1, 2007 and October 11, 2007, at least 165 isolates of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- [this strain needs a name – “Salmonella ConAgra” or “Salmonella Marler”] with an indistinguishable genetic fingerprint have been collected from ill persons in 31 states. Ill persons whose Salmonella strain has this genetic fingerprint have been reported from Arizona (1), California (6), Connecticut (3), Delaware (5), Georgia (2), Idaho (6), Illinois (5), Indiana (3), Kansas (2), Kentucky (8), Massachusetts (5), Maryland (5), Maine (1), Michigan (3), Minnesota (6), Missouri (13), Montana (4), Nevada (6), New York (8), Ohio (8), Oklahoma (1), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (13), Tennessee (5), Texas (4), Utah (2), Virginia (6), Vermont (2), Washington (8), Wisconsin (20), Wyoming (2).