Canada Wide Outbreak Of Salmonella Linked To Poultry, Including No Name Chicken Burgers

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The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidisinfectionsin eight provinces with cases of human illness linked to poultry, including frozen raw breaded chicken products.

As part of this outbreak investigation, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a food recall warning for the following product:

  • No Name brand Chicken Burgers (1kg), with a best before date of February 6, 2019

The product was distributed nationally. The Public Health Agency of Canada advises Canadians to not consume the recalled product, and retailers and restaurants to not serve the recalled product.

Currently, there are 59 cases of Salmonella Enteritidis illness in eight provinces: British Columbia (6), Alberta (8), Manitoba (9), Ontario (14), Quebec (19), New Brunswick (1), Nova Scotia (1), and Newfoundland and Labrador (1). Ten people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Individuals became sick between March and May 2018. The average age of cases is 34 years, with ages ranging from 1 to 82 years. The majority of cases (61%) are male.

Based on the investigation findings to date, exposure to poultry, including frozen raw breaded chicken products, has been identified as a source of illness. Several of the ill individuals involved in the outbreak reported having eaten No Name brand chicken burgers before their illness occurred. A food sample of No Name brand Chicken Burgers (1kg), with a best before date of February 6, 2019, tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis. The positive food sample had the same genetic fingerprint (using whole genome sequencing) as cases of human illness reported in this outbreak.

Check to see if you have recalled product in your home. Recalled product should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Photo Credit: healthycanadians.gc.ca

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