OTTAWA, Ontario – The Public Health Agency of Canada reported seven confirmed cases of Salmonella Enteritidis in three provinces that have been linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products. The finding prompted the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to issue a recall of chicken nuggets and chicken fries products.
The items subject to the recall are:
- No Name brand Chicken Nuggets (907g), with a best before date of May 15, 2019 on the outer package and a lot code of 1358M on the inner package. UPC - 0 60383 89685 0.
- Unbranded $10 Chicken Fries (1.81kg), with a best before date of March 23, 2019. UPC - 0 60249 01411 4.
Both products were distributed nationally, according to CFIA.
The case patients are in British Columbia (3), Alberta (1) and Ontario (3). One person has been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported, Public Health Agency of Canada reported. Illness onset was in June. Ages of the case patients range from 1 year to 42 years old, and 57 percent are male.
Several of the case patients reported eating No Name brand Chicken Nuggets (907g) or unbranded $10 Chicken Fries (1.81kg) before getting sick. A CFIA foodborne illness investigation revealed the food samples that tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis also had genetic fingerprints (using whole genome sequencing) that matched the genetic fingerprints of the cases of illness reported in the outbreak.