The Last of the Salmonella Serotype I 4,5,12:i:-
Pot Pie Cases Settled
In 2007 Public health
officials from several states collaborated to determine the source of the
outbreak, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
officially announced that a Salmonella serotype I 4,5,12:i:-* outbreak had
been traced to the consumption of ConAgra pot pies on October 9th. At the
time, ConAgra did not initiate a recall.
CDC report summarized the results of the investigation, which
determined that 401 cases of salmonellosis occurred in 41 states during
2007, with 32% of ill persons hospitalized. In October 2007 the illnesses
were finally associated with consumption of Banquet® brand frozen,
not-ready-to-eat pot pies. Further investigation determined that 77% of
patients who ate these pies cooked them in microwave ovens and that
consumer confusion regarding microwaving instructions might have resulted
in a failure to cook the product properly.