Recall of Marie Callender's Frozen Dinner Due to Multistate Salmonella Outbreak


ConAgra Packaged Foods LLC is recalling Marie Callender’s brand Cheesy Chicken and Rice Frozen meals due to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella illness. The company, based in Council Bluffs IA, is recalling all product, regardless of production date.

The recall does not involve any other Marie Callender’s frozen foods or products sold in Marie Callender’s restaurants.

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recalled the Cheesy Chicken and Rice frozen dinner after being informed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of an investigation involving 29 people in 14 states who tested positive for Salmonella serotype Chester. Eight of the patients specifically reported eating the product in April and May.


The most common symptoms of salmonella infection, called salmonellosis, are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 8 to 72 hours of ingestion. Other symptoms can include chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

Salmonella infections can be particularly dangerous to children, pregnant women, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV or who are undergoing chemotherapy.

The product subject to recall is the 13-ounce package of “Marie Callender’s Cheesy Chicken & Rice; White Meat Chicken and Broccoli over Rice Topped with Rich Cheddar Sauce.” Each package bears a label with establishment number “P045” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The frozen dinner was sold in retail stores nationwide.

Consumers who have the recalled products should discard them or return them to the store of purchase for a full refund. For more information about the recall, contact ConAgra Foods at 1-866-484-9610 or visit their website.

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