The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has issued a warning to residents in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, regarding salmonella cases linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products.
Currently, there are 13 cases of salmonella illness in four provinces: Ontario (7), Quebec (2), New Brunswick (2), and Nova Scotia (2). Four people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Individuals became sick between June and August of this year.
Based on the investigation, exposure to frozen raw breaded chicken products has been identified as a source of illness.
Symptoms of salmonella include:
The outbreak is a reminder that frozen raw breaded chicken products contain raw poultry and should be handled properly.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before and after handling frozen raw breaded chicken products and use a separate plate, cutting board, and utensils when handling these products to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria
Follow cooking instructions carefully and verify the internal temperature after cooking, as recommended, before consuming these products. Frozen raw breaded chicken products must be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 74°C (165°F) to ensure they are safe to eat.