Raw chicken the probable source of Canadian Salmonella outbreak

| January 5, 2016

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-chicken-breast-food-tray-image21348854The source of an outbreak of Salmonella Infantis infection that has affected at least 98 people in nine Canadian provinces since March 2015 is most likely to be raw chicken according to investigators from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The Agency and other public health and food safety bodies have been investigating this outbreak for some time, but the source has remained a mystery until now. Information provided by some of the people affected suggests that their illnesses may have been caused by improper handling and repackaging of raw poultry products. Others report eating various chicken products before becoming sick.

The outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis has also now been isolated from a sample of raw chicken collected from the home of an individual affected by the outbreak, strongly suggesting a link with uncooked poultry.

More details about the outbreak investigation can be found here.

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