OMAHA, NEB. — ConAgra Foods Packaged Foods is recalling Marie Callender’s brand of Cheesy Chicken and Rice frozen meals due to Salmonella concerns.
ConAgra, which is recalling the products regardless of production date, issued the recall after the company was informed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of an investigation including 29 people in 14 states who have been diagnosed with salmonellosis. Eight of the patients reported eating the product in April and May, and the last reported illness was on May 22.
“The company has been working closely with state and federal authorities, and while there is no definitive link between the recalled product and any illness, the company is proactively recalling the product after being informed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a possible association between the product and eight people in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with salmonellosis linked to Salmonella Chester,” the company said.
The affected pot pies have an establishment number of “P-45” and are 13-oz packages labeled “Marie Callender’s Cheesy Chicken & Rice White Meat Chicken and Broccoli over Rice Topped with Rich Cheddar Sauce.”
In the fall of 2007, ConAgra recalled a number of pot pies due to Salmonella concerns as well.