November 17, 2007: Pot Pie Recall – Illinois Heath Department Reminder

Dr. Damon T. Arnold, state public health director with the Illinois Department of Public Health, warned consumers yesterday that they should check their freezers for ConAgra pot pies subject to the October 11 recall. Consumers should not eat the recalled pot pies.

The recall was issued following a CDC investigation that linked the pot pies to a multistate Salmonella food poisoning outbreak. Salmonella was later cultured from samples of recalled pot pies.

“If you currently have pot pies in your freezer, even if you bought them a couple months ago, you need to pay attention to this recall. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to receive reports of ill people who have consumed the recalled pot pies within the last month. Salmonellosis can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may include chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days. Consumers should not eat these pot pies,” stated Dr. Arnold.

Illinois was hard hit by Salmonella food poisoning linked to the pot pie recall. To date, there are a total of 15 Illinois cases linked to the contaminated pot pies. Of these cases, 9 were reported after the recall was first announced on October 11. Opinion – ConAgra recently resumed pot pie production and has indicated that the pies will be available on store shelves in January, 2008. Since consumers will once again be stocking-up on pot pies for their freezers, it is import that they check their freezers now and dispose of any recalled pot pies to avoid any confusion in the future.

One can only hope that ConAgra has not rushed back to market too quickly, and that 3 months is really enough time to make sure that consumers nationwide have learned about the recall and disposed of any recall products in their freezers.

Consumers are reminded that the following brands of ConAgra frozen pot pie products are under recall: Banquet, Albertson’s, Food Lion, Great Value (Wal-Mart), Hill Country Fare, Kirkwood, Kroger, Meijer, Western Family.

Pot pies subject to recall are stamped “P-9” or “Est. 1059” on the side of the package. The CDC reminds consumers that they should not eat the recalled pot pies and should check their freezers for the recalled products.

The Law Firm of Eric Weinberg currently represents individuals who have been sickened in the current Salmonella food poisoning outbreak linked to ConAgra pot pies and their recall. If you believe that your illness is linked to this recall, please call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274, or see Free Case Evaluation. Our firm currently represents victims of the Arby’s, Peter Pan peanut butter Recall, Veggie Booty Recall, and Taste of Chicago Salmonella food poisoning outbreaks.