ConAgra pot pies are back after Salmonella otbreak sickens 272

Much rejoicing for Eric Cartmen this evening. ConAgra pot pies are coming back.

The company says environmental tests of its Marshall, Missouri, plant have not shown any trace of salmonella since the Oct. 11 recall, and that lab tests showed that the tainted pot pies were produced between July 13 and July 31.

The pot pies made by ConAgra have been linked to at least 272 cases of salmonella in 35 states. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at least 65 people were hospitalized as part of the outbreak, but no deaths have been linked to the pot pies.

ConAgra Foods also said on Wednesday said a recent recall of pot pies due to salmonella contamination would cost about $30 million — or 4 cents per share, and that earnings in its trading and merchandising group would be stronger than expected and would offset the recall costs.

A company statement today notes,

redesigned easy-to-follow cooking instructions are now in place to help eliminate any potential confusion regarding cooking times.

I look forward to checking these out for myself. The directions on the previous pot pies really sucked. And didn’t work.

Seattle attorney William Marler, who as of today had filed five lawsuits related to the outbreak, told the Tri City Herald in Washington State today that he would continue to file lawsuits against ConAgra until it begins compensating clients for damages.