ConAgra recalls pot pies linked to Salmonella outbreak

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OMAHA — ConAgra Foods, Inc. voluntarily recalled an undetermined number of frozen pot pies that may be linked to a Salmonella outbreak. The brands affected include Banquet, Albertson’s, Food Lion, Great Value, Hill Country Fare, Kirkwood, Kroger, Meijer and Western Family. The pot pies recalled included varieties in 7-oz single-serving packages with the establishment number "P-9" or "Est. 1059."

The original investigation linking the pot pies to Salmonella cases was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health departments. On Oct. 9, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a public health alert for the frozen pot pies as a result of the investigation.

After state health officials contacted ConAgra with concerns some of its Banquet pot pies might be linked to a Salmonella outbreak, the company cooperated with the F.S.I.S. and on Oct. 9 directed retailers to remove poultry pot pies from shelves, suspended pot pie production from its Marshall, Mo., plant and advised consumers not to eat the products while an investigation was conducted.

The current recall was issued after the Missouri plant that produced the pot pies stopped production.

The pot pies in question were distributed to retailers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands.

The recall and food safety concern comes after ConAgra’s large-scale recall earlier this year of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter that also were contaminated with Salmonella. In that instance, more than 600 people in 47 states reported illness. ConAgra said the total cost of the peanut butter recall was approximately $66 million pre-tax in fiscal 2007, with $48 million incurred in the third quarter and $18 million in the fourth quarter. Additionally, the company spent more than $15 million on renovations to the Sylvester, Ga., plant that produced the contaminated peanut butter.

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