If you have purchased chicken salad from a Fareway grocery store recently, you should be aware of a recent outbreak of the Salmonella virus. On Thursday the CDC reported that as of March 6, 2018, 170 people were infected with Salmonella Typhimurium across 7 states.
According to the site, the recalled chicken salad “was sold in containers of various weights from the deli at Fareway grocery stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota from January 4, 2018, to February 9, 2018.” Investigators believe that the source of the outbreak is Triple T Specialty Meats, Inc., where the salad was produced prior to being sold at Fareway.
All chicken salad that might be contaminated should be returned or thrown away. If you purchased chicken salad from the retailer recently but do not know the date it was sold, you should discard it or return it to the store.
Of the hundreds of people who have been infected in this outbreak, 62 have required hospitalization, but no deaths have been reported. Those infected, who are between 7 and 89 years old, began showing signs of the illness between January 8, 2018, and February 18, 2018. Since public health agencies receive information on those infected 2-4 weeks after an illness starts, there may still be unreported illnesses related to the outbreak.
The CDC is continuing to investigate the situation.