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Marie Callender Chicken and Rice Frozen Dinner Recall Issued for Salmonella

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A Marie Callender frozen food recall has been issued following a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least eight people. 

The Marie Callender recall was announced last week by ConAgra Foods after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) linked a number of salmonella food poisoning illnesses to the the company’s Cheesy Chicken and Rice frozen meals.

While the CDC was investigating 29 illnesses in 14 states, it reports that only eight of them remembered eating Marie Callender meals. All of the illnesses occurred in April and May. It is unclear whether the rest of the cases are connected and no contamination of an actual Marie Callender meal has been verified.

The frozen food recall affects about 800,000 “Marie Callender’s Cheesy Chicken and Rice” single serve frozen dinners, regardless of production date. All of the recalled meals have the establishment number P-45 inside the USDA mark of inspection. The recall does not affect any food sold at Marie Callender restaurants.

Salmonella is a type of bacteria that attacks the gastrointestinal tract, causing mild to severe food poisoning. For most healthy adults, symptoms of food poisoning from salmonella typically resolve after a few days or weeks. However, young children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems have an increased risk of suffering severe food poisoning after ingesting the bacteria. If not properly treated, some cases of salmonella food poisoning can lead to hospitalization, dehydration or death.

ConAgra recommends that any consumers who have the recalled meals return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or discard them.

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7 comments

  1. Judy Reply

    My husband was hospitalized after eating one of these entrees for lunch. He spent 3 days in the hospital and many tests were ran before his neurologist diagnosed probable food poisoning.

  2. Patty Reply

    about 2-3 weeks ago I was in the hospital for 7 days due to
    Salmonella I have tried and tried to figure out what I ate and after going into cdc’s website I found out I ate one of those cheesy cheese dinners by Maria C (can’t spell it) So now I have my answer I was so sick with at temp of 103.8 and even now I still have low grade fever, joint pain serere at times and night sweats I soak the entive bed. My doctor told me I would have problems for about 9 weeks then I should be ok do you think that is right?

  3. wnedy Reply

    I was a victim of the Marie Callendar poisoning but have having alot of trouble trying to get them to pay for my medical. Has anyone else had this trouble. We need to spread the word about such poisoning by these companies that don’t give a crap about their customers.

  4. Wilma Reply

    On January17,2011 my husband and I became very ill after eating Marie Callender’s Chicken Pot Pie. the pies were purchase at Sam’s Club in the bulk package with this mfg. # 5014 027700 P1 10 54 P45. use by date mar 27 2012. We were trying to determine what had made us so ill at the same time. Now after researching the recall list I find that these pot pies contain the P45 as did the the chessy dinners. Maybe a futher study of all the chicken products should be made.

  5. alexandra Reply

    After eating a Marie Callendar Dinner I had a severe allergic reaction to the food I ate. I had hives really really bad, this just happened 3/28/11.
    Thankfully this passed quickly, now I will not eat anything frozen
    AGAIN.
    So everyone be very careful buying your foods in the
    market.

  6. lauren Reply

    i was wondering… are Maria callenders chicken pot pies made with raw dough? because my pot pies dough never seems cooked, even after 7 minutes and its dough is always watery.

  7. Emily Reply

    My husband was eating a beef pot pie when right after he broke into hives and said he felt as if his skin was burning i treated with benedryl thing is the pot pie had the same numbers as the rice and chicken P45 needless to say I am keeping him clear of these frozen foods

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