ConAgra Shuts Down Pot Pie Plant Because of Salmonella Concerns

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - ConAgra Foods -- which had to recall its Georgia-made peanut butter earlier this year -- is in the middle of another recall.

This time it involves Banquet pot pies.

ConAgra voluntarily stopped production today at the Missouri plant that makes the Banquet pot pies after health officials said the pies may be linked to 139 cases of salmonella in 30 states.

ConAgra maintains that its chicken and turker pies are safe if they're cooked properly. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a health alert this afternoon to warn consumers about the link between the company's product and the salmonella cases.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been tracking reports of the salmonella cases for the past seven days. A CDC spokeswoman said the largest numbers of salmonella cases had
been reported in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Missouri.

Earlier this year, ConAgra had to recall all of its peanut butter manufactured at a plant in Sylvester, Georgia, because it was linked to a different salmonella outbreak.

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