Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Harvest Creek Chicken Nuggets

The outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections in four Canadian provinces has been linked to poultry, including frozen raw breaded chicken products.

As part of an ongoing food safety investigation, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a recall of Harvest Creek Chicken Nuggets – Uncooked Breaded Chicken Cutlettes (2 x 1kg) with a best before date of Oct. 11, 2018 (BB/MA 18-OC-11) and a UPC of: 8 29810 93350 2.

The Public Health Agency of Canada said

There are 30 cases of Salmonella Enteritidis illness in the provinces of Alberta (2), Ontario (17), Quebec (7), and New Brunswick (4). As per the Public Health Agency of Canada, four individuals have been hospitalized. They became sick between May 2017 and February 2018.

Investigators identified exposure to poultry, including frozen raw breaded chicken products as a source of illness. Several of case patients reported eating Harvest Creek Chicken Nuggets before getting sick.

Samples of Harvest Creek Chicken Nuggets (2 x 1kg), with best before date of Oct. 11, 2018 tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis and had the same genetic fingerprint as the cases of human illness reported in the outbreak.

The chicken nuggets were distributed in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, and Quebec, and may have been distributed in other provinces or territories.

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