ConAgra pot pies linked to Salmonella outbreak

by Bryan Salvage
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OMAHA — Health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, have been tracking a Salmonella outbreak and believe it may be linked to pot pies sold by ConAgra Foods, Inc. under the Banquet brand. In response, ConAgra Foods has issued an advisory recommending consumers not eat the pot pies and has shut down the Missouri facility that produces the products.

The company was advised on Oct. 8 by health officials in several states that a number of consumers had been diagnosed with Salmonella that they believe is statistically associated with the consumption of Banquet chicken and turkey pot pies.

ConAgra executives maintain its chicken and turkey pies are safe if they’re cooked properly, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a health alert on Oct. 9 to warn consumers about the link between the company's product and the Salmonella cases.

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