October 10, 2007
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is urging Texas consumers to follow advice issued Tuesday (Oct. 9) in connection with a multi-state Salmonella outbreak associated with Banquet-brand and some other pot pies made by ConAgra Foods.
At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people do not eat any Banquet-brand or other brands of frozen chicken and turkey pot pies made by ConAgra Foods that have a printed code ending in “P9” because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Health officials recommend that people who have any of these products at home discard them.
An investigation by CDC in collaboration with multiple states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service has identified 152 confirmed Salmonella cases in 30 states, including four in Texas. No deaths have been reported.
Infections are caused by the Salmonella bacteria. Common symptoms are headache, stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea and sometimes vomiting. Severe infections may occur, especially among infants, the elderly and in people with impaired immune systems. People with symptoms should see their health care provider. Consumers with questions about these products may contact ConAgra’s hotline at (866) 484-8671 or online at www.conagrafoods.com/contactus.
(News media: for more information, Emily Palmer, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, Austin, 512-458-7400.)