At least seven people contracted salmonellosis after eating frozen chicken nuggets and chips in three Canadian provinces, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said Saturday.
Three cases of illness were reported in June in British Columbia, three in Ontario and one in Alberta. Several patients had consumed brand name chicken nuggets in a size of 907 g, or unmarked chicken fries at $ 10, in a size of 1.81 kg.
One person was hospitalized, but no deaths were reported. The patients are from 1 year to 42 years old.
The two products in issue have been recalled by Loblaw since CFIA testing confirmed the presence of traces of salmonellosis in the foods consumed by the patients. Nuggets and french fries were distributed nationally.
The chicken nuggets were sold in 907 g format and their expiry date is May 15, 2019. They bear the product code 0 60383 89685 0, as well as the code 1358M on their outer packaging.
As for the recalled chicken fries, they were sold in 1.81 kg format at a cost of $ 10. They bear the product code 0 60249 01411 4 and their expiry date is March 23, 2019.
In early June, Loblaw had recalled some unnamed chicken burgers for the same reasons.
The products were sold in grocery stores across the country, including Maxi, Maxi & Cie, Provigo Market, AXEP and Intermarché, Quebec.
Salmonella, the cause of salmonellosis, can cause fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea in healthy people. It can lead to long-term complications, including severe form of arthritis. In young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems may contract serious or life-threatening infections.
The CFIA recalls, however, that disease can be prevented by following the manufacturer’s cooking instructions. Breaded and frozen raw chicken products must be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 74 ° C (165 ° F) to ensure they can be safely consumed.