Loblaw Chicken Nugget Salmonella Outbreak: Seven Victims Identified in at Least Four Provinces
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced a recall of Loblaw Companies Ltd.’s President’s Choice “Pub Recipe Chicken Nuggets” due to identification of Salmonella bacteria contamination. The Pub Recipe Chicken Nuggets subject to the recall have a best –by date of “2018 MR 15” and bear the UPC nuber: 060383171315. The product was sold widely throughout Canada.
CFIA issued the recall at the culmination of a Salmonella outbreak that impacted residents in at least four provinces, including Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick. People had been getting sick since April and May, with at least seven confirmed Salmonella illnesses linked to the outbreak. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) confirmed that each of the seven illnesses was of the same serotype and strain of Salmonella.
At least two of the victims have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. The PHAC issued this statement:
Based on the investigation findings to date, exposure to frozen raw breaded chicken products has been identified as a source of illness. The outbreak investigation is active, and the public health notice will be updated on a regular basis as the investigation evolves.