Few details are included in a consumer alert from the Iowa Department of Public Health that warns people about a Salmonella outbreak linked to chicken salad sold at Fareway grocery stores. The grocery chain stopped selling the implicated chicken salad Friday evening after state officials notified the company about "multiple cases" of illnesses.
The State Hygienic Laboratory has performed tests on the product, and preliminary results indicate the presence of salmonella.
Iowa's Department of Public Health and Department of Inspections and Appeals jointly issued the consumer alert, but the agencies did not reveal the name of the chicken salad supplier.
"The company has been very cooperative and is working with IDPH and DIA in the investigation of the reported illnesses", said DIA Food and Consumer Safety Bureau Chief Steven Mandernach, who noted no chicken salad has been sold since February 9.
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"The bottom line is that no one should eat this product", said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk.
The statemenmt says IDPH is investigating multiple cases of possible illness associated with the chicken salad. Symptoms, which usually appear within 12 to 36 hours after ingesting the bacteria, include: diarrhea, headache, fever, nausea, abdominal pain, dehydration, vomiting, muscle pains and bloody stools.
Customers who purchased the product should throw it out and not return it to the store.