DES MOINES — If you bought chicken salad at Fareway, the state is advising you to throw it out.
The Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals Tuesday jointly issued a consumer advisory for chicken salad sold at Fareway stores.
The chicken salad, produced and packaged by a third party for Fareway, is implicated in multiple cases of salmonella illness across Iowa. Preliminary test results from the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa indicate the presence of salmonella in this product.
Fareway voluntarily stopped the sale of the product and pulled the chicken salad from its shelves after being contacted by DIA.
“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 Feb. 9. IDPH is investigating multiple cases of possible illness associated with the chicken salad.
“The bottom line is that no one should eat this product,” said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. “If you have it in your refrigerator, you should throw it away.”
Salmonella infection is a common bacterial disease that can cause illness, and rarely it can be severe. Symptoms usually develop within 12 to 36 hours after ingesting the bacteria but can appear as early as six hours and as late as three days after ingestion.
Symptoms of salmonella infection generally last four to seven days and include diarrhea, headache, fever, nausea, abdominal pain, dehydration, vomiting, muscle pains and bloody stools.
Most people get better without treatment, but in some cases, the diarrhea associated with a salmonella infection can cause dehydration, which can sometimes result in hospitalization.