Federal officials are concerned about chicken salad sold at Fareway stores that could be contaminated with Salmonella.
Reported illnesses in Iowa prompted the food safety alert about "Fareway Chicken Salad."
It was sold in plastic deli containers with a Fareway store deli label.
The salad was produced between December 15, 2017 and February 13, 2018.
It was sold at Fareway stores in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Federal officials are concerned some of the chicken salad may still be in consumers' refrigerators or freezers.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service:
Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses.
The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product.
The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment.
In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.
Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness.
Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.