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Salmonella contamination possible in chicken salad at Fareway stores in Minn., SD


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns about a chicken salad product being sold at Fareway grocery stores.

The company has 118 stores across the Midwest, including many southern Minnesota and southeast South Dakota.

Illnesses were reported in Iowa that may be caused by salmonella associated with the product.

The chicken salad item was produced between Dec. 15, 2017, and this past Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The product, in varying weights, is called Fareway Chicken Salad and is sold in plastic deli containers with a Fareway store deli label.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers' refrigerators or freezers.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.   

Consumption of food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment.