USDA issues health alert about Fareway chicken salad across several states

Health officials are warning about a potential Salmonella contamination in a chicken salad product shipped to Fareway grocery stores across the Midwest.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the product was sold at Fareway grocery stores in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Health officials say there are concerns that illnesses reported in Iowa may have been caused by Salmonella associated with "Fareway Chicken Salad" sold in plastic deli containers with a Fareway store deli label. The product was produced between December 15, 2017 and February 13, 2018.

Officials in Iowa issued a statewide warning earlier this week. The USDA expanded the health alert due to an "abundance of caution" on Wednesday.

The USDA is asking consumers who have the product in their refrigerator to either throw it away or return it to the place of purchase.