Public Safety

Chicken salad sold at Fareway stores linked to salmonella cases

Stock photograph of a Fareway store. (The Gazette)
Stock photograph of a Fareway store. (The Gazette)

Fareway Stores has pulled a chicken salad sold at its locations from its shelves after being contacted by the Iowa Department of Public Health about cases of salmonella.

According to a release, the chicken salad, which is produced and packaged by a third party for Fareway, has been implicated in multiple cases of salmonella illness across the state.

The State Hygienic Laboratory has performed tests on the product, and preliminary results indicate the presence of salmonella.

A statement released on Tuesday stated grocery chain “has been very cooperative and still is working with (the departments of public health and the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals) in the investigation of the reported illness.”

According to the release, no chicken salad has been sold since the evening of Feb. 9.

“The bottom line is that no one should eat this product,” Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, Department of Public Health Medical director, said in the release. “If you have it in your refrigerator, you should throw it away.”

Salmonella is a common bacterial disease that usually shows symptoms between 12 to 36 hours after ingesting the bacteria.

Symptoms include:

— Diarrhea

— Headache

— Fever

— Nausea

— Abdominal pain

— Dehydration

— Vomiting

— Muscle pains

— Bloody stools

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