Two Salmonella Cases in Vermont Possibly Linked to Recalled Frozen Pot Pies

For Immediate Release: October 10, 2007
Media Contact: Communication Office
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health is advising Vermonters to check for Banquet frozen chicken or turkey pot pies that may be a possible source of reported illnesses – including two cases in Vermont - caused by Salmonella bacterium.

The two reported cases in Vermont were contracted in July and both people have fully recovered. Nationwide, the salmonella outbreak has caused 183 cases in 21 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Banquet brand and generic store brand frozen not-ready-to-eat pot pie products with “P-9” printed on the side of the package may be the potential source of the reported illnesses nationwide.

Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.

Anyone who discovers the product in their freezer may return it to ConAgra Foods for a refund by sending the side panel of the package that contains the code "P-9" to ConAgra Foods, Dept. BQPP, P.O. Box 3768, Omaha, NE 68103-0768. The product can also be returned to the store where it was purchased for a refund.

Anyone with questions about these products can contact the ConAgra company hotline at (866) 484-8671. Information on reported illnesses is available at www.cdc.gov/salmonella/.

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