National outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products
June 30, 2015
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is collaborating with BC Health Authorities and federal and provincial partners to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products (such as nuggets, strips and burgers). A frozen raw breaded chicken product tested positive for the outbreak strain in British Columbia. No human cases have been identified to date in BC.
Salmonella is commonly found in raw chicken. Frozen breaded chicken products may look cooked but are made using raw chicken and should be handled accordingly. Consumers are reminded to keep all raw meats, including raw chicken, frozen or refrigerated before cooking, to cook all chicken products to a minimum of 74º C (165º F) and to use separate plates, cutting boards and utensils for cooked and uncooked products to avoid cross-contamination. Microwave cooking is not recommended due to uneven heating and the cooking instruction found on the packaging of these products should always be followed. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling all raw chicken products.
More information on Salmonella: http://www.bccdc.ca/dis-cond/a-z/_s/SalmonellaInfection/overview/Salmonella+Infection.htm
July 2, 2015 Update:
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recalled No Name and Compliments frozen raw breaded chicken products