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Monday, July 6, 2015
Canadian Salmonella outbreak tied to raw breaded chicken
Raw breaded chicken products are believed to be the cause of a multi-province Salmonella outbreak in Canada. To date, 44 cases have been confirmed, with 12 people being hospitalized.
The majority of those cases were found in Ontario, with 28 confirmed cases. Twelve cases have been reported in Quebec, and two cases each have been reported in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. There have not been any fatalities in this Salmonella outbreak.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Health Canada and provincial health partners are working together to investigate the Salmonella outbreak. The PHAC 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. Health Canada is providing food-related health risk assessments to determine if the presence of a certain substance or microorganism poses a health risk to consumers. The CFIA is conducting food safety investigations into the possible food source of the outbreak.
The company or companies producing the breaded chicken products tied to the outbreak have not been named.
The involved federal agencies will update Canadian residents as new information related to the Salmonella outbreak becomes available.