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Friday, October 12, 2007

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

ConAgra Foods Inc. recalled all its Banquet pot pies and store brand varieties Thursday after the products were linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak. Salmonella sickens about 40,000 people a year in the U.S. and kills about 600. Most of the deaths are among people with weaker immune systems such as the elderly or very young. Salmonella poisoning can cause diarrhea, fever, dehydration, abdominal pain and vomiting. Most cases are caused by undercooked eggs and chicken.

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)
Consumers with questions about Banquet or store brand pot pies may
call 1-866-484-8671. For more information on food safety,
consumers may reference IFIC.org.

The company included beef pot pies in the recall after initially saying only the chicken and turkey pot pies should not be eaten. ConAgra issued a consumer alert Tuesday and asked stores nationwide to stop selling the poultry pot pies, but the company stopped short of a recall until Thursday evening.

Recall information.

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