Feeling queasy? It could be that sandwich. The CDC has reported a recent outbreak of salmonella in connection with chicken salad sold at deli counters in Fareway grocery stores in 5 states.
On February 21, 2018, Triple T Specialty Meats, Inc. recalled all chicken salad produced from January 2, 2018 to February 7, 2018.
The offending product was sold in containers of various weights in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota from January 4, 2018 to February 9, 2018.
Experts are advising that even if you’ve already eaten some of the chicken salad and you don’t feel sick, throw it away, anyways. Place the container in a sealed bag in the trash so that animals don’t get at it, and toss it out the door, or in the can.
Can’t remember when you purchased it? Play it safe and be rid of it. It’s not worth the gamble.
So far, 65 people have been infected with Salmonella Typhimurium during the outbreak in all 5 states. There have 28 people hospitalized and thankfully, no one has died.
Salmonella is a bacteria that invades the intestinal tract and causes food poisoning in the form of diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps and vomiting. It’s one of the most common food borne diseases around and causes about 450 deaths each year in the United States.
The CDC is continuing to investigate what caused the chicken salad to become contaminated, and will update the public with more information when it becomes available. For now, stick to ham and peanut butter and jam, (but not necessarily together).