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Fareway chicken salad just might make you very sick, state health department says



This news story was published on February 13, 2018.
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DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) today jointly issued a consumer advisory for chicken salad sold at Fareway stores. The chicken salad, which is produced and packaged by a third party for Fareway, is implicated in multiple cases of salmonella illness across Iowa. Preliminary test results from the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) at the University of Iowa indicate the presence of salmonella in this product.

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Fareway voluntarily stopped the sale of the product and pulled the chicken salad from its shelves after being contacted by DIA. “The company has been very cooperative and is working with IDPH and DIA in the investigation of the reported illnesses,” said DIA Food and Consumer Safety Bureau Chief Steven Mandernach, who noted that no chicken salad has been sold to the consuming public since last Friday evening (2/9/18).

IDPH is investigating multiple cases of possible illness associated with the chicken salad. “The bottom line is that no one should eat this product,” said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. “If you have it in your refrigerator, you should throw it away.”

Salmonella infection is a common bacterial disease that can cause illness and rarely, it can be severe. Usually, people who get salmonella infection develop symptoms within 12 to 36 hours after ingesting the bacteria, but symptoms can appear as early as six hours and as late as three days after ingestion.

Symptoms of salmonella infection generally last four to seven days and include:

Diarrhea
Headache
Fever
Nausea
Abdominal pain
Dehydration
Vomiting
Muscle pains
Bloody stools

Most people get better without treatment, but in some cases, the diarrhea associated with a salmonella infection can cause dehydration, which can sometimes result in hospitalization. It is important whenever you have diarrhea to make sure you drink plenty of fluids. If you are ill, you should contact your health care provider.

Consumers who have purchased chicken salad from Fareway should throw it out and not return the product to the store.

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3 Responses to Fareway chicken salad just might make you very sick, state health department says

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 14, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    The fewer the number of hands touching your food before you buy it, the better. More people need to get back to preparing their own meals so they can control the ingredients and the conditions in which the meal is made.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 13, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Public service announcement or just another NIT gimmic to grap your interest, record clicks and make a few pennies?

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 13, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Mixing chicken with mayo a bad idea. It goes bad quick. Need to eat it up fast. Better to just eat a egg sandwich. Same thing only fresher.