For the second time in as many days, the Ministry of Health has issued a recall of food products imported from the US. This time, it involves several varieties of frozen pot pie products following the voluntary recall of these foods in the United States of America by ConAgra Foods of Marshall, Missouri.
The following brands and all varieties of frozen pot pie products, including chicken, turkey and beef, are subject to this recall:
- Food Lion
- Great value
- Hill Country Fare
- Western Family
These frozen pot pies include all varieties in 7 oz. single serving packages bearing an establishment number P-9 or “EST. 1059”, printed on the side of the package.
The Ministry of Health advises persons in possession of these products, with the above brand names and product codes, to refrain from using them and to return them to the point of sale.
These frozen pot pies may be linked to an outbreak of salmonellosis in several states in the U.S.A. and were also distributed to retail outlets in the Caribbean.
Persons who are immuno-compromised or on chemotherapy As well as children are particularly susceptible to foodborne illnesses.
Salmonellosis is one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life threatening. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhoea, abdominal cramps and fever within 8 to 72 hours after infection. Additional symptoms include chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to 7 days. Persons who are ill with any of these symptoms and have consumed any of these frozen pot pies should seek medical attention immediately.
The Ministry of Health has pointed out that the local agent; SBI Distributors is cooperating with that department to ensure that only products which are safe are offered to the public.
Meanwhile, the Ministry’s Environmental Health Officers are again checking distribution points and retail outlets to make sure that all recalled products are removed from their shelves.