OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 9, 2007--ConAgra Foods today
announced that it was contacted by state health officials regarding
Banquet Turkey and Chicken Pot Pies. In cooperation with the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA), ConAgra Foods is advising consumers
to not eat these products while the USDA and ConAgra Foods look into
these concerns. This advisory pertains to Banquet brand frozen chicken
or turkey pot pie products or generic store brand not-ready-to-eat pot
pie products bearing the number "P-9" printed on the side of the
package. The company believes the issue is likely related to consumer
undercooking of the product.
If they wish, consumers may return these products to ConAgra Foods
for a refund by sending the side panel of the package that contains
the code "P-9" to ConAgra Foods, Dept. BQPP, P.O. Box 3768, Omaha, NE
68103-0768. If consumers prefer, they may return the product to the
store from which it was purchased for a refund; consumers should
discard the product prior to returning the entire package to their
The company reminds consumers that these products are not
ready-to-eat, and must always be thoroughly cooked as instructed on
the packages. The cooking instructions for these products are
specifically designed to eliminate the presence of common pathogens
found in many uncooked products. Microwave cooking times vary,
depending on the wattage of the microwave, so carefully following all
instructions is important.
ConAgra Foods is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) to identify any additional steps that may be appropriate,
including potential changes that may further clarify cooking
instructions for consumers. Already, the company is revising its
packaging to more clearly illustrate different cooking times for
Banquet pot pies related to varying wattages of microwaves.
ConAgra Foods was advised yesterday by health officials in several
states that a number of consumers had been diagnosed with salmonella
that they believe is statistically associated with the consumption of
Banquet chicken and turkey pot pies. Salmonella is among the common
pathogens found in not-ready-to-eat poultry containing products like
pot pies. Cooking instructions are designed to result in the
elimination of any risk associated with salmonella.
Consumers with questions regarding the cooking of Banquet pot pies
may call 1-866-484-8671 or contact us online at
www.conagrafoods.com/contactus. For more information on food safety,
consumers may reference IFIC.org.
The generic store brand not-ready-to-eat pot pie products bearing the number “P-9” printed on the side of the package are sold under the generic store brand names as shown below:
Hill Country Fare (sold at HEB);
Food Lion (sold at Food Lion);
Great Value (sold at Wal-Mart);
Kirkwood (sold at Aldi);
Kroger (sold at Kroger); and,
Meijer (sold at Meijer).
ConAgra Foods Inc. (NYSE:CAG) is one of North America's leading
packaged food companies, serving grocery retailers, as well as
restaurants and other foodservice establishments. For more
information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.
CONTACT: ConAgra Foods Inc.
Consumer Toll-Free Line:
Stephanie Childs, 402-595-6258
Chris Klinefelter, 402-595-4154
SOURCE: ConAgra Foods Inc.