Marie Callender Chicken and Rice Frozen Dinner Recall Issued for Salmonella

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.

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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.

9 Comments

  • WilliamJune 18, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Made me and my Fiance both sick. Not a coincidence and it comes with painfully terrible wrenching and acid reflux / vomiting.

  • MarkMarch 27, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I purchased 6 chicken potpies Friday at Pigly Wilgly's in Milton, WV. I cook one for my granddaughter and when I broke the crust, it was grayish brown and smelled. This is the first time I bought them in two months. The reason is I bought four chicken potpies from walmart in Barboursville, WV and they were spoiled. What the heck is going on. I love chicken potpies. Looks like I will have to [Show More]I purchased 6 chicken potpies Friday at Pigly Wilgly's in Milton, WV. I cook one for my granddaughter and when I broke the crust, it was grayish brown and smelled. This is the first time I bought them in two months. The reason is I bought four chicken potpies from walmart in Barboursville, WV and they were spoiled. What the heck is going on. I love chicken potpies. Looks like I will have to switch to another brand.

  • EmilySeptember 25, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    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

  • laurenMay 3, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    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.

  • alexandraMarch 31, 2011 at 1:11 am

    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.

  • WilmaFebruary 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    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 di[Show More]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.

  • wnedySeptember 29, 2010 at 1:50 am

    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.

  • PattyJune 27, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    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[Show More]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?

  • JudyJune 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    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.

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