ConAgra Foods has shut down the line at its Marshall plant that makes pot pies after the federal government warned consumers against eating Banquet frozen turkey and chicken pot pies or similar generic store-brand products due to a potential salmonella outbreak.
Stephanie Childs with ConAgra headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska says news reports that the plant had shut down completely were incorrect. Childs says only the line that makes pot pies has been shut down. Other lines at the plant remain open. She says the company doesn’t know how long the situation will last, but it is cooperating with federal officials.
The ConAgra factory in Marshall employs 600 and is one of the largest employers in the central Missouri community.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began its investigation last week after reports of illness began to surface. Late last week, federal officials had identified the pot pies as a potential source of salmonella that made more than 100 people sick in dozens of states.