Pot Pie Salmonella

Information on Pot Pie Salmonella
ConAgra Foods Inc. voluntarily stopped production of Banquet pot pies on October 9, 2007 at its Missouri plant after health officials said turkey and chicken varieties of the pies and store brand pot pies may be linked to 139 cases of salmonella in 30 states. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been tracking reports of the salmonella cases over the past week. Nineteen cases were reported in Wisconsin alone and other cases have been reported in Pennsylvania and Missouri. To date, no deaths have been linked to the pot pies.

Pot Pie SalmonellaConAgra is offering consumers refunds, but no recall of pot pies has yet been issued. Both the Banquet and store brand pot pies affected by the health alert were marked with "P-9" printed on the side of the box as part of a code above the "use-by" date.

ConAgra has sent a mixed message to consumers: although ConAgra officials said the pies are "safe if properly cooked", the company also told consumers on October 9th not to eat its chicken or turkey pot pies until the government and the Omaha-based company made thorough investigations.

The same day, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a health alert warning consumers about the link between the pot pies and the salmonella cases.

ConAgra History of Contaminated Foods

This isn't the first time ConAgra Foods has been in the news. Just this year, the giant packaged food company recalled Peter Pan and Great Value Peanut Butter after 628 people in 47 states become ill from salmonella poisoningâ€"ConAgra's peanut butter production plant in Georgia was found to be contaminated with salmonella.

During July 2002, an outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 was identified in Colorado.. By the time the ConAgra Beef Company recalled 18.6 million lbs of fresh and frozen beef products, more than 28 people were ill: seven were hospitalized and five developed hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS)--a disorder that occurs when an infection in the digestive system produces toxic substances that destroy red blood cells and often affects the kidneys.

Salmonella Poisoning
Every year, approximately 40,000 cases of salmonellosis are reported in the United States and 600 of those cases are fatal. That amount could be 30 or 40 times greater as milder cases of salmonella infections often are not diagnosed or reported. Most cases are caused by undercooked chicken or eggs. Symptoms of salmonella infection typically show up 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, salmonella can be particularly dangerous for children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

The most common symptoms are diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. In some cases the diarrhea may be so severe that the infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and the victim needs hospitalization. Infection to other body sites can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

First and foremost, cook poultry, ground beef, and eggs thoroughly before eating. Be mindful of raw eggs in foods such as homemade mayonnaise, salad dressings and cookie dough. If you are served undercooked meats in a restaurant, don't be shyâ€"send it back.

Wash your hands before and after preparing raw foods and wash produce before consuming.

Although the infection will usually resolve itself within 5 to 7 days, victims with severe diarrhea may require intravenous fluids and severe cases may require antibiotics. There is no vaccine for salmonella.


Pot Pie Salmonella Legal Help

If you or a loved one has suffered from salmonella poisoning after eating a Banquet Pot Pie, please fill in our form on the right to send your complaint to a lawyer to evaluate your claim at no cost or obligation.
Last updated May 15 2014

Reader Comments

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My 3 year old disabled son nearly died, had seizures and was in the hospital for 5 days with confirmed salmonella. My daughter and I also became ill. We were contacted by a claims adjuster for Conagra who was rude and hung up on me, he said it is not Conagra's fault that we became ill. I said "you nearly killed my child!" and he hung up on me. People need to know that this is Conagra's stand on this issue - my son is probably the worst case in the country and we were treated wrongly by Conagra.

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I was in & out of the hospital this past summer from June to Oct. after eating Banquet Chicken Pot Pies. I sent my complaint to Con Agra. Please help me.

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I first ate one banquet chicken pie then was very sick. Went to hospital. Had another, went back to hospital. Had another, then found out after I had eaten all 4 that there was a recall on the pies with the P on the box. Lost my job due to this... also hospital bills.

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My husband and I were both ill for approximately two weeks after consuming Banquet turkey pot pies. Symptoms included severe diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and fever.

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Tuesday night Oct. 9th I felt extremely bloated. Later on that evening I had diarrhea. It continued for several days, then Thursday and Friday I felt much better. Saturday morning the uneasy feeling was back in my stomach area. This has been an embarrassing problem since I
had a job interview on Thursday and started work on Friday, among other engagements.

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My son had to miss over a week of school, I missed time off work, I had to purchase medications, but above these things is the stress and mental anguish suffered by our family not knowing what was wrong with my son.

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