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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Consumer Alert: Food Recall

Public Service Announcement, Food Recall

Hey folks,

I do, seems so long ago, but I do remember my single days. When I first moved down here to Sunny South Florida, I was single, by choice, for 5 years. I was working as a Manager for a major Hotel Brand, so a lot of times I would just eat there. But on my one day off, or when I had the benefit of having the evenings off, I would either cook for myself {Which I do love to do by the way} or, if feeling lazy, I would buy one of those frozen, prepackaged meals. That was good enough for me.

So I know that there are many people out there, since it is a Billion Dollar Business, that do go out and buy these meals. Some people live on them. So any time I see something like this, I share it. According to the AP - Marie Callender recall after salmonella outbreak

WASHINGTON – ConAgra Foods is recalling all Marie Callender's brand cheesy chicken and rice frozen meals after they have been possibly linked to a salmonella outbreak in 14 states.

The company said it was recalling the meals after it was informed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a possible link between the meals and 29 illnesses. Eight of those sickened reported eating the product in April or May 2010.

The Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service, which announced the recall late Thursday, said the most recent illness was reported May 22.

The company is recalling all of the meals, which are labeled "Marie Callender's Cheesy Chicken and Rice White Meat Chicken and Broccoli over Rice Topped with Rich Cheddar Sauce," regardless of production date.

The product was distributed to retail outlets nationwide.

The most common symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight hours to 72 hours of eating a contaminated product. It can be life-threatening, especially to those with weakened immune systems.
So be careful out there folks. If you DO have one of these meals, just throw it out. The $3 to $5 dollar loss is nothing compared to Salmonella.

There is also no guarantee that cooking for yourself is safer, but I guarantee it is healthier for you, and you may even find it fun. I do.
Peter

Sources:
AP - Marie Callender recall after salmonella outbreak

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