Most frozen chicken prod­ucts pose sal­mo­nella risk, health of­fi­cials warn

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CLASSIFIEDS / FEATURES -

The coun­try’s top pub­lic health doc­tors are warn­ing con­sumers about the risk of sal­mo­nella from frozen raw breaded chicken prod­ucts like nuggets, strips and burg­ers.

The chief med­i­cal of­fi­cers of health is­sued a joint state­ment Thurs­day say­ing most of these prod­ucts con­tain raw chicken and pose a health risk to any­one who han­dles, pre­pares or con­sumes them. The state­ment says prod­ucts con­tain­ing raw chicken need to be han­dled care­fully and cooked to an internal tem­per­a­ture of at least 74 de­grees C be­fore they’re safe to eat.

Con­sumers should also wash their hands be­fore and af­ter han­dling these prod­ucts, as well as san­i­tiz­ing sur­faces, dishes and uten­sils used to pre­pare and serve them.

Hun­dreds of cases of sal­mo­nella in­fec­tion as­so­ci­ated with frozen raw breaded chicken prod­ucts have been re­ported over the last 16 months, due at least in part to im­proper cook­ing or han­dling.

Most peo­ple who be­come ill from sal­mo­nella will re­cover within a week. But for some peo­ple, in­fec­tion can lead to more se­vere ill­ness, hos­pi­tal­iza­tion, and in rare cases, death.

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