Warning on Banquet Pot Pies
Due to Salmonella Investigation, Health Officials Tell Consumers Not to Eat Certain ConAgra Turkey or Chicken Pot Pies
Oct. 10, 2007 -- Check your freezer for Banquet or generic store-brand
turkey or chicken not-ready-to-eat pot pies with
"P-9" printed on the side of the package.
If you have any those pot pie products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) says to throw them out or don't eat them as health officials investigate
a multi-state salmonella outbreak.
Salmonella bacteria can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Most
people recover within a week without treatment, but serious complications can
occur. Infants, elders, and people with weak immune systems are more likely to
become severely ill from salmonella.
The USDA, CDC, and state health officials are investigating at least 139
cases of salmonella in 30 states that were reported this year and that may be
related to the pot pies. At least 20 people have been hospitalized in
connection with the outbreak, according to the CDC.
ConAgra, the manufacturer of the pot pies, is cooperating with the
investigation. The company reminds consumers to cook the pot pies
thoroughly as instructed on the packages.
"The cooking instructions for these products are specifically designed
to eliminate the presence of common pathogens found in many uncooked
products," ConAgra states in a news release.
So far, health officials haven't proven that the pot pies caused the
salmonella cases. But based on interviews comparing foods eaten by patients and
people without salmonella, the CDC calls the pot pies "the likely
source" of the illness.
It's not clear from the USDA's report whether the people who ate those pot
pies and fell ill cooked the pot pies thoroughly. The Missouri plant where the
pot pies were made has voluntarily halted its operations because of the
For more information, including details on refunds for the pot pies, call
ConAgra at (866) 484-8671 or contact ConAgra online at