Ten cases in N.L.
There are currently two active national outbreak investigations linked to raw chicken, one involving 39 cases of illness in seven provinces, and another where there have been 25 cases in eight provinces, including three in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health issued a statement today, Sept. 13, advising Canadians of the importance of following the proper food safety practices when handling, preparing or consuming frozen raw breaded chicken products.
Most people who get sick from salmonella recover fully in a couple of days. For some, infection leads to more severe illness, hospitalization and sometimes, though rarely, death.
In July, the CFIA announced industry will be required to implement measures at the manufacturing and processing level to reduce salmonella to below detectable amounts in frozen raw breaded chicken products that are packaged for retail sale.
The new measures were a direct result of the continued link between frozen raw breaded chicken products and outbreaks of foodborne illness.
Facilities that manufacture the products must review their processes and implement control measures by April 1, 2019.
The Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health approved the move in its statement, but cautioned up until that date, and for as long as a year afterwards, frozen raw breaded chicken products containing salmonella will still be in the marketplace and freezers across the country.