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Wisconsin Officials Confirm Salmonella in Unopened Pot Pie

October 17, 2007
Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin residents are being advised to discard certain frozen pot pies linked to salmonella illnesses of 22 people in 15 counties in the state.

Health officials say a Banquet frozen turkey pot pie tested positive for the bacteria at the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection laboratory in Madison.

The previously unopened pot pie came from the freezer of a person who was diagnosed with salmonella illness in September, she said in a news release.

Further laboratory testing is pending to confirm whether the bacteria matched the strain blamed for 211 illnesses nationwide, including the 22 in Wisconsin.

According to health officials, people should discard all varieties of the following 7-ounce single serving brands bearing an establishment number "P-9" or "Est. 1059" on the side of the package:

Those infected with salmonella may experience mild to severe diarrhea, abdominal pains, fever and vomiting. Bloodstream infections are infrequent but can be serious, particularly in the very young or elderly.

Most people recover on their own but must drink fluids to prevent dehydration.