SIOUX CITY -- Iowa Department of Public Health on Tuesday issued a consumer advisory about chicken salad sold at Fareway grocery stores statewide in Iowa.

A department release jointly with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals said tests have showed the chicken salad sold in Fareway stores has the presence of salmonella. The salad has been linked to multiple cases of salmonella illness across the state.

"No one should eat this product. If you have it in your refrigerator, you should throw it away," IDPH Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk said.

Salmonella symptoms often last four to seven days, and can include diarrhea, headache, fever, nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting.

The release said the chicken salad is produced and packaged by a third party for Fareway. Grocery chain officials voluntarily stopped selling the salad in stores on Friday.

"The company has been very cooperative and is working with the IDPH and DIA in the investigation of the reported illnesses," said Steven Mandernach, bureau chief for food and consumer safety at the Department of Inspections and Appeals.

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