The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a Class I : High Risk *** recall for Marie Callender’s brand “Cheesy Chicken and Rice frozen meals” and “Broccoli over Rice Topped with Rich Cheddar Sauce.”
The USDA press release states that, ” these products are being recalled after the company was informed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of an investigation involving 29 people in 14 states who have been diagnosed with salmonellosis linked to Salmonella serotype Chester.”
(source material: press release)
More on Salmonella
Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses.
Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.
The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.
What do I do if I think I have salmonellosis?
The Texas Department of State Health Services recommends the following,
Drink plenty of fluids and get extra rest. Visit your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor may want to take a sample of your stool to test for Salmonella bacteria, and may put you on a course of antibiotics. You should begin to feel better while taking the antibiotics. Children should not return to day care or school and foodhandlers should not return to work until diarrhea and fever go away.
If you suspect dehydration and your doctor is unavailable, children can be taken to
Dell Childrens Medical Center of Central Texas
4900 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78723
Emergency Department (512) 324-0150
One of 18 ComUNITYCare clinic loactions throughout Travis County.
Dial 211 in Austin, TX.
No outbreaks of slamonella have been reported in the Central Texas area.
*** A Class I recall is defined as a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
Consumers with questions about the Marie Callendar’s recall should contact ConAgra Foods at 1-866-484-9610.
The Marie Callendar’s website was unavailable at the time this article was published.
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