Quebec’s ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) has issued a provincial-wide Salmonella warning after several cases of salmonellosis food poisoning were reported this year.
The cases are related to the consumption of raw or partially cooked chicken products which include croquettes, patties, nuggets, tongs, fillets, and stuffed breasts.
Generally, Salmonella poisoning presents the following symptoms from 6 to 72 hours after consumption of undercooked chicken products: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever. These symptoms may last for several days. In all cases, it is strongly recommended to consult a doctor.
MAPAQ is advising consumers that Salmonella can be found in raw or partially cooked chicken products, food poisoning can be prevented by following these steps:
The ministry is reminding consumers that adequate cooking of chicken products destroys bacteria and those who buy, handle, and serve these items must practice hygiene and sanitation at each stage of preparation.