More Than 20,000 Pounds of Chicken Salad Products Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella

To date, 37 confirmed cases of illness have been identified, with onset dates ranging from January 14, 2018 to February 6, 2018

More Than 20,000 Pounds of Chicken Salad Products Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella
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March 1, 2018

Triple T Specialty Meats, Inc. is recalling approximately 20,630 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad products that may be contaminated with salmonella typhimurium.

The ready-to-eat chicken salad items were produced on various dates between January 2, 2018 and February 7, 2018 (view recalled product labels).

Outbreak Investigation

On February 9, 2018, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) was notified by health officials in Iowa of an investigation of salmonella typhimurium illnesses. The Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, and Iowa State Hygienic Laboratory determined that there is a link between the chicken salad from Triple T Specialty Meats and this outbreak.

Based on epidemiological investigation, 37 confirmed case-patients have been identified in Iowa, with illness onset dates ranging from January 14, 2018 to February 6, 2018. Results are pending on whether the outbreak strain is resistant to antibiotics.

Sold at Fareway Grocery Stores

The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and the Iowa Department of Public Health issued a joint Consumer Advisory on February 13, 2018 advising consumers to throw away any chicken salad purchased at Fareway grocery stores.

The affected chicken salad products were sold from January 4, 2018 through February 9, 2018 in various weight containers from the deli section in Fareway stores in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

FSIS continues to work with state and federal health officials to determine if there are additional illnesses linked to this product, including illnesses in states outside of Iowa.

Dangers of Salmonella

Consumption of food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

What should consumers do?

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers' freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. The products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions or concerns about this recall can contact Jolene Heikens with Triple T Specialty Meats at (641) 847-0031.