DES MOINES — An Ackley company was named as the company at the heart of a chicken salad recall affecting Fareway stores.
The Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals jointly issued a consumer advisory for chicken salad sold at Fareway stores on Feb. 13.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture named Triple T Specialty Meats in Ackley as the source of the contamination.
The total recall affects 20,630 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad products that may be contaminated with salmonella typhimurium, according to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The chicken salad recalled was packaged between Jan. 2 and Feb. 7. Anyone with a package of chicken salad bearing a "pack date" of Jan. 2, Jan. 3, Jan. 12, Jan. 19, Jan. 24, Jan. 31 or Feb. 7 is asked to throw their chicken salad out.
The chicken salad was implicated in 37 cases of salmonella illness across Iowa between Jan. 14 through Feb. 6.
"Results are pending on whether the outbreak strain is resistant to antibiotics," the USDA said in a release Wednesday.
Fareway voluntarily stopped the sale of the product and pulled the chicken salad from its shelves after being contacted by DIA. The items were shipped to Iowa as well as Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.
“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.
“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.”
Triple T Specialty Meats CEO Jolene Heikens was not immediately available for comment on whether the company had found the cause of the salmonella contamination or what steps the company was taking to ensure it wouldn't happen again.
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.