Chicken salad may be one of the tastiest "salads" out there, but next time you get a craving for it, be cautious: A frightening outbreak of salmonella linked to chicken salads sold at Fareway grocery stores has hospitalized at least 28 people in five states, according to a warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least 65 people, including an 11-year-old child, have been affected.
On Wednesday, February 21, Fareway stores in Illinois (four infected), Iowa (55 infected), Minnesota (two infected), Nebraska (three infected), and Texas (one infected) pulled containers of Triple T Specialty Meats chicken salad that were thought to be contaminated off the shelves. The recalled chicken salad includes chicken salad produced from January 2, 2018 to February 7, 2018 and sold between January 4, 2018 to February 9, 2018, according to the CDC. So far, no deaths have been reported, though 28 of the 65 people affected were hospitalized.
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The CDC is advising consumers who think they may have purchased a contaminated salad to throw it out immediately — even if it was served and no one got sick. To ensure curious children, pets, and other animals cannot eat it, all contaminated salad containers should be disposed in a sealed bag. In addition, kitchen areas such as refrigerator drawers, shelves, and countertops should be sanitized.
“If you don’t remember the date when you purchased chicken salad from Fareway, don’t eat it. Throw it away or return it to the place of purchase,” the CDC added in the statement.
Scary! Even if you haven't purchased chicken salad from a Fareway grocery store, it's worth sharing this information with anyone you know who may have. And, as always, be aware of the possible signs of salmonella poisoning, including diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. If you or a loved one develop those symptoms after eating a meal, contact a healthcare provider right away.