The Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada continue to collaborate with provincial health officials to investigate an outbreak of human Salmonella infection associated with exposure to frozen raw breaded chicken products.
The Salmonella serovar involved in the outbreak is not specified, but 47 cases have now been reported since February in four provinces: Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. Twelve people have been hospitalised, but no deaths have been reported.
Epidemiological evidence points to frozen raw breaded chicken products as the likely source of the outbreak and a recall has now been issued for three specific products. Sofina Foods Inc. is recalling no name and Compliments brands frozen uncooked breaded chicken burgers, strips and nuggets sold nationally and with a best before date of 22 January 2016.
Health Canada has issued an information notice for Canadians giving advice on the safe handling and preparation of these foods. The notice points out that chicken nuggets may look cooked, but are raw and should be handled and properly cooked in the same way as other raw meats.
More information can be found here.