Government health officials are investigating a new nationwide outbreak of dozens of Salmonella infections that are linked to a frozen chicken nugget products. There have now been 15 outbreaks of illnesses in less than two years linked to raw chicken in the country that have sickened hundreds of people.
A January 26 notice posted by Sofina Foods says that “out of abundance of due diligence” it is recalling Crisp & Delicious Chicken Breast Nuggets due to the reported illnesses.
According to the Canadian government, when not thoroughly cooked, frozen breaded chicken products containing raw chicken pose an increased health risk to individuals who handle, prepare or consume them. These products may appear to be pre-cooked or browned, but they should be handled and prepared with caution.
Anyone can get food poisoning as a result of a Salmonella infection, but infants, children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are more fragile. Most people who become ill from a Salmonella infection will recover fully after a few days. It is possible for some people to be infected with the bacteria and to not get sick or show any symptoms, but to still be able to spread the infection to others.
Since May 2017 there have been 529 laboratory-confirmed cases as part of the illness outbreaks across the country, with 90 individuals hospitalized. For more information, please read this public health notice.