Updated April 13, 2018: Fareway Stores, Inc. wants to share information with our customers about the investigation of the outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to chicken salad made by Triple T Specialty Meats, Inc. State and federal investigators have concluded that Triple T Specialty Meats, Inc. was the source of the Salmonella Typhimurium in the chicken salad. The Iowa State Hygienic Laboratory found Salmonella Typhimurium in Triple T Specialty Meats, Inc. chicken salad collected from two different Fareway stores located 100 miles apart. One of those positive samples came from a sealed package of Triple T chicken salad that had never been opened by Fareway.
As USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service reported, “the Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, and Iowa State Hygienic Laboratory determined that there is a link between the chicken salad from Triple T Specialty Meats, Inc. and this outbreak.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also confirmed that chicken salad produced by Triple T Specialty Meats, Inc. was the likely source of this multi-state illness outbreak.
In the course of these investigations, there have been no findings of any food safety issues in Fareway stores. Fareway has stopped doing business with Triple T Specialty Meats, Inc.
Updated April 9, 2018: “On behalf of everyone at Fareway, our sympathy goes out to the affected families, and we are working diligently to resolve this matter,” says Fareway Stores, Inc. CEO, Reynolds Cramer.
Fareway Stores, Inc. has been working with state and federal agencies investigating this outbreak, which has been traced to chicken salad produced by Triple T Specialty Meats. When we learned that our supplier, Triple T Specialty Meats, was the cause of this problem, we were just as disappointed and concerned as our customers. Fareway hasn’t carried Triple T Specialty Meats’ chicken salad since it was pulled from the shelves on February 9th, and Fareway will not carry this product moving forward.
If there are additional questions surrounding the most recent CDC report, please contact The Iowa Department of Public Health or the Iowa Department of Inspections Appeals.
Updated February 21, 2018: We are aware of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service’s Recall Release, where Triple T Specialty Meats, Inc., is recalling its chicken salad product. Fareway Stores, Inc. pulled this product from its stores nearly two weeks ago on February 9, 2018. We have not sold any product since this date and all product has been discarded.
At Fareway our mission takes product quality and transparency very seriously. This mission transcends to our third party suppliers. Recently, a consumer advisory was issued on chicken salad supplied by a third party and sold within certain Fareway stores. By the time the advisory was issued, Fareway had already voluntarily pulled the product. This product has not been sold at any Fareway location since February 9, 2018, and will not be sold again at any Fareway until we are certain the problem has unquestionably been resolved.
The chicken salad is produced and packaged by a third party - not Fareway. This product is not produced at any Fareway location. At this time, based on our full cooperation with the appropriate parties, correspondence and investigation, we believe that this incident is not the result of anything done by Fareway. We also have no reason to believe this involves any other products. We will update the public when we know more information.
If any consumer has chicken salad remaining that was purchased prior to February 9, 2018, please discard the product and contact your local store for a full refund.