Chicken salad sold by Fareway linked to salmonella illness in Iowa

Fareway stores throughout Iowa have pulled chicken salad from their shelves, after the product has been linked to salmonella contamination which has caused multiple cases of illness across the state. The State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) at the University of Iowa has conducted preliminary tests on the chicken salad and found the presence of salmonella in the product.

The chicken salad was produced and packaged by a third party supplier for Fareway stores. The product has not been sold to the public since February 9. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) have since issued a consumer advisory for the contaminated chicken salad product sold at Fareway stores throughout Iowa.

Health officials are advising anyone who has purchased the chicken salad product from Fareway to throw it away, as it has caused illness in multiple people who have eaten the product. Fareway has indicated it does not want consumers to return the contaminated products to the stores. In addition, any surfaces in the kitchen that the chicken salad may have contacted should be thoroughly cleaned to avoid additional contamination and food poisoning by consumers.

Food safety is especially important when preparing products that contain meat and dairy products, as is usually the case in the production of chicken salad. Salmonella contamination can happen when food products are not cooked properly or not stored at a proper temperature.

Salmonella contamination can cause symptoms that include diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, headache, nausea, vomiting, bloody stools, and even joint pain and fatigue. Symptoms usually appear 12 to 36 hours after eating the contaminated food product but can take as long as 3 days to manifest.

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