OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- ConAgra Foods and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are defending their decision not to immediately recall pot pies linked to a salmonella outbreak.
The pot pies made by ConAgra have been linked to at least 152 cases of salmonella in 31 states, including 19 in Wisconsin.
The federal CDC says at least 20 people have been hospitalized as part of the ongoing outbreak.
The company and federal officials warned customers not to eat the pot pies.
ConAgra spokeswoman Stephanie Childs says they decided with USDA officials that the consumer alert they issued Tuesday would be more appropriate than a recall.
Childs says from a consumer perspective, there's not much difference.