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Updated 6.21.10--ConAgra Foods Recalling Marie Callender's Cheesy Chicken and Rice Frozen Entrees

UPDATE June, 21, 2010-- On June 17, 2010, ConAgra Foods announced a precautionary recall of Marie Callender's Cheesy Chicken & Rice single-serve frozen entrees. This action was taken to ensure consumer safety while the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigated a possible association between the product and eight people in the US who said they had eaten this specific product and had been diagnosed with salmonellosis linked to Salmonella Chester. Today, the CDC confirmed that the Minnesota Department of Health reported that its initial testing found this particular strain of Salmonella in a Marie Callender's Cheesy Chicken & Rice entrée.  As originally stated in the company's recall, consumers should discard the product and may return the packaging to their retailer for a refund. Consumers with questions should call ConAgra Foods at 1-866-484-9610. As a reminder, this recall does not impact any item from Marie Callender's restaurants.

OMAHA, Neb., June 17, 2010 –ConAgra Foods is announcing a precautionary recall of Marie Callender's Cheesy Chicken & Rice single-serve frozen entrées. Consumers who have this product in their freezer should discard it or return it to their retailer for a refund.

The company has been working closely with state and federal authorities, and while there is no definitive link between the recalled product and any illness, the company is proactively recalling the product after being informed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a possible association between the product and eight people in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with salmonellosis linked to Salmonella Chester. CDC interviews have identified individuals who reported eating this product in April and May, 2010. The last reported illness was reported on May 22.  

Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician. Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, a common bacterial food borne illness. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact ConAgra Foods at 1-866-484-9610.

ConAgra Foods produces, markets and sells Marie Callender's-branded consumer products, all sold in freezer cases at supermarkets and grocery retailers nationwide, under a license agreement with Marie Callender's Pie Shops, Inc. This recall does not apply to any products sold in Marie Callender's restaurants.

For more information, please contact:

MEDIA: Teresa Paulsen
Vice President, Communication & External Relations
ConAgra Foods
402-240-5210
Teresa.Paulsen@ConAgraFoods.com


INVESTORS: Chris Klinefelter
Vice President, Investor Relations
ConAgra Foods
402-240-4154
Chris.Klinefelter@ConAgraFoods.com