(Washington DC) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns about illnesses reported in the state of Iowa that may be caused by Salmonella associated with a chicken salad product. The product was sold at all Fareway grocery stores in Iowa, as well as Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Among Fareway’s locations are stores in Faribault, Owatonna, Fairmont and Rochester.
The chicken salad item for this public health alert was produced between Dec. 15, 2017 and Feb. 13, 2018, and sold in plastic deli containers with a Fareway store deli label.
The problem was discovered following reports of illness in Iowa.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
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. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. 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.