Canada’s Chief Medical Officers of Health raising alarm on food safety: Salmonella + chicken products.
Canada’s Chief Medical Officers of Health have joined together to issue a joint statement today regarding the risk of Salmonella illness from frozen raw breaded chicken products.
Most of these products available for sale in Canada contain raw chicken and pose an increased health risk to anyone who handles, prepares or consumes them.
New This Summer: The Government of Canada is working with the food manufacturing industry and food retailers to reduce Salmonella in frozen raw breaded chicken products produced after April 1, 2019, reducing the risk of illness. However, until April 1, 2019, and likely for up to a year afterward, frozen raw breaded chicken products containing Salmonella will continue to be in the marketplace and in freezers across the country. That’s why Chief Medical Officers of Health are reminding Canadians today to use caution when handling and preparing frozen raw breaded chicken products.
Background: Over the past 16 months, hundreds of human illnesses across Canada have been linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products contaminated with Salmonella. This is due, at least in part, to inadequate cooking or handling. Even though these products may appear cooked, they are not. Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled — but can still make people sick.