Canadian Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen raw breaded chicken
Sept. 29, 2017
by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with other agencies on the investigation.
OTTAWA – The Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada are collaborating to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis
infections in four provinces with cases of human illness linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products.
The investigation includes 13 current 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. The average age of cases is 38 years (range 0-82 years), with approximately equal distribution among males and females.
Exposure to frozen raw breaded chicken products has been identified as a source of illness based on the investigation to date. The public health notice will be updated on a regular basis as the investigation evolves.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is leading the human health investigation of this outbreak and is in regular contact with its federal and provincial partners to monitor and take collaborative steps to address the outbreak.
The Government of Canada will continue to update Canadians as new information related to this investigation becomes available.