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Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tainted pot pies blamed for 5 salmonella cases in Mass.
By Stephen Smith, Globe Staff
Four adults and one toddler in Massachusetts have fallen ill with salmonella in recent months after eating tainted, frozen pot pies, state health authorities announced today.
All five recovered, but an 82-year-old woman from Bristol County was hospitalized for two days because of complications from the bacterial illness. The other patients who became ill were a 2-year-old boy and a 46-year-old man from Bristol County, a 29-year-old woman from Suffolk County, and a 23-year-old man from Franklin County. Their illnesses happened between May and September.
Tests at the state laboratory in Jamaica Plain showed that the type of salmonella that infected the five Massachusetts victims matches a strain blamed for more than 130 cases of the disease in 30 states. The Massachusetts patients had eaten Banquet brand pot pies that authorities have recalled.
Because of the salmonella contamination, consumers have been told not to eat Banquet pot pies or generic store brands that bear the code or plant number 5009 or P9. Products with that code should be discarded or returned to where they were purchased.
More information is available at the state Department of Public Health's web site, as well as from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Information is available via telephone from the Department of Public Health's Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at 617-983-6800 or the Food Protection Program at 617-983-6712.