Frozen chicken dinners, SpaghettiOs recalled

Associated Press / June 19, 2010

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WASHINGTON — Two popular grocery items are being pulled off the shelves — SpaghettiOs that weren’t adequately heated during processing, and Marie Callender frozen dinners that pose a salmonella risk.

The Department of Agriculture announced both recalls. ConAgra Foods is recalling all Marie Callender’s brand cheesy chicken and rice frozen meals after they were possibly linked to a salmonella outbreak in 14 states. Campbell Soup Co. is recalling 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs after a cooker malfunctioned.

ConAgra said it was recalling the meals labeled “Marie Callender’s Cheesy Chicken and Rice White Meat Chicken and Broccoli over Rice Topped with Rich Cheddar Sauce,’’ regardless of production date.

There have been no illnesses related to consumption of the SpaghettiOs, but a spokesman said Campbell is recalling certain lots of the product manufactured since December 2008 “out of an abundance of caution.’’ Because the cans were not sufficiently heated, he said, they could be ripe for bacterial growth.

The recalled products have “EST 4K,’’ and a use-by date between June 2010 and December 2011 on the bottom of the can.