Washington — Two popular grocery items are being pulled off the shelves — SpaghettiOs that weren’t adequately heated during processing, and Marie Callender’s frozen dinners that pose a salmonella risk.
The Department of Agriculture announced both recalls late Thursday. ConAgra Foods is recalling all Marie Callender’s brand cheesy chicken and rice frozen meals after they were possibly linked to an outbreak of 30 salmonella illnesses in 15 states.
And Campbell Soup Co. is recalling 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs after a cooker malfunctioned at one of the company’s plants in Texas.
ConAgra said it was recalling the Marie Callender’s meals after the company was informed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of at least eight people who had fallen ill with salmonella poisoning after eating the dinners.
The Minnesota Department of health said Friday that the state had found a sample of the salmonella strain in a package of the Marie Callender’s cheesy chicken collected from the home of one of those sickened. The CDC said in a separate release that there isn’t enough data to be certain that the cheesy chicken meal is the culprit, but that many of those sickened had recently eaten it. The CDC said 86 percent of those sickened had eaten some sort of Marie Callender’s frozen meal.
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. It was distributed to retail outlets nationwide.
The CDC said those sickened lived in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia. At least one of the victims was under a year old.