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Potentially salmonella-laced chicken nuggets recalled across Canada


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a recall of President’s Choice brand Pub Recipe Chicken Nuggets due to concerns over salmonella.

The nuggets in question are sold in 800-gram boxes with a best-before date of 2018 MR 15 and have been distributed nationally.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is working with provincial public health partners, the CFIA and Health Canada to investigate an outbreak of salmonella infections in four provinces with cases of human illness linked to the product.

So far, there have been five salmonella cases in Alberta, another five in Ontario, and one each in British Columbia and New Brunswick. Two people have been hospitalized as a result. No deaths have been reported. The individuals became sick between April and June of this year.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is advising Canadians not to consume the recalled product.

If you discover you have purchased it, secure it in a plastic bag and throw it out or return it to the store where it was purchased.

If you do not have the original packaging of a frozen raw breaded chicken product and you are unsure if it is included in the food recall warning, you should throw it out just to be on the safe side. Wash your hands with soap and warm water immediately after any contact with the recalled product.

Most people who become ill from a salmonella infection recover fully within a few days. Salmonella symptons usually start six to 72 hours after exposure and include fever, chills, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache, nausea and vomiting.

The Public Health Agency of Canada notes while frozen raw breaded chicken products may appear to be pre-cooked or browned, they contain raw chicken and should be handled and prepared the same as other raw poultry products. 

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