Canada and US investigate Salmonella illnesses from chicken

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

- Last updated on GMT

Sofina Foods Canadian recall
Sofina Foods Canadian recall

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Further cases of Salmonella linked to chicken products have been reported, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

There are 48 illnesses in Ontario (32), Quebec (12), Nova Scotia (2), and Newfoundland and Labrador (2) and 12 people have been hospitalised as of July 16.

Based on investigations by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), various brands of frozen uncooked breaded chicken products have been recalled.

Sofina Foods recalled no name and Compliments brands frozen uncooked breaded chicken products due to possible Salmonella and the product has been linked to illnesses.

Barber Foods brand uncooked stuffed chicken has also been recalled due to a recall in the US but the CFIA said there have been no reported illnesses with the product.

US investigation

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One product recalled by Barber Foods in the US

In the US, the firm expanded a recall to include more than 1.7m pounds of frozen, raw stuffed chicken products​.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said there was a link between seven Salmonella illnesses and the products.

On July 13, Omaha Steaks issued a recall of stuffed chicken breast entrees contaminated with Salmonella. These were manufactured by Barber Foods and sold under the Omaha Steaks label.

The CDC said it is investigating an as yet unconnected outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to raw, frozen, stuffed chicken entrees produced by Aspen Foods. 

Three people have been infected from Minnesota and two have been hospitalized.  

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