Salmonella illnesses linked to chicken salad up to 170 cases

Chicken salad produced by Triple T Meats, Inc., and sold at Fareway grocery stores has now sickened 170 people, including 62 people who have been hospitalized as a result of having eaten the tainted food product.

The outbreak of illnesses caused by salmonella poisoning has affected consumers in seven states. Contaminated chicken salad was sold from January 4 to February 9 at Fareway grocery stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

The number of illnesses related to the salmonella contaminated chicken salad was at 65 when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the recall on February 22. New cases are often reported weeks after salmonella contaminated food is consumed, as it may take that long for illnesses to take effect, for the person who has become ill to visit a doctor, and for the lab tests to be processed and results sent back to that doctor.

When a recall is announced, all of the affected product should be disposed of properly. Even when the consumer is not sure whether a certain product is included in the recall, it is best to toss or return the product, for food safety reasons.

The number of ill consumers may continue to increase as new cases are discovered and reported to public health officials. No deaths have yet been reported.

Salmonella poisoning can result in serious gastrointestinal symptoms. If you have been in contact with or have consumed chicken salad sold at Fareway stores, please call the food poisoning lawyers at 1-888-335-4901 to learn more about your legal rights.