There is a new alert out from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on Salmonella dangers with chicken salad made and distributed by Fareway grocery stores based in Iowa. Fareway distributed the subject chicken salad, made between December 15, 2017 to February 13, 2018, to their out of state locations as well as those in Iowa. This includes Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Illinois Fareway stores. Illnesses have been reported of Salmonella infection, which can include what is called Reactive Arthritis and/or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The most common symptoms with foodborne Salmonella illness includes diarrhea, abdominal cramps, elevated fever 12 to 72 hours after consumption, and these symptoms can be severe and cause the need for the consumer to be hospitalized. As in many illness, there are populations especially vulnerable for more severe reactions, such as the elderly, people with suppressed immune systems, and young children/infants. Salmonella infection generally lasts 4 to 7 days and most people do recover, barring complications.
Consumers with any size deli container holding Fareway chicken salad, of various weights, should not consume the product, according to the FSIS and Iowa Department of Health. It is recommended the product be thrown away or returned to the Fareway where it was purchased, and if you or a loved one has consumed the product, contact your medical provider immediately. Do not hesitate to contact Inserra Kelley Sewell, Personal Injury Attorneys where our compassionate professionals can advise whether you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.