CFIA expands chicken nugget recall for salmonella to include Compliments brand

(Last Updated On: February 27, 2019)

On January 25, 2019, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency(CFIA) issued a Class 1 Food Recall Warning for Crisp & Delicious brand Chicken Breast Nuggets, manufactured by Sofina Foods Inc, due to possible Salmonella contamination.

  • RECALL DATE: JANUARY 25th, 2019
  • Crisp & Delicious Chicken Breast Nuggets – Uncooked Seasoned Breaded Chicken Cutlettes
  • Size – 1.6kg
  • Best before date: July 19, 2019
  • UPC – 0 69299 11703 5.
  • Distribution – British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec, and may have been distributed in other provinces or territories

As part of an ongoing investigation, CFIA issued an additional recall notice on February 27th, 2019 to include Compliments brand Chicken Nuggets, also manufactured by Sofina Foods Inc.

  • RECALL DATE: FEBRUARY 27th, 2019
  • Compliments Chicken Nuggets– Breaded Chicken Cutlettes – Uncooked
  • Size – 1.5 kg
  • Outer package codes: 2019 JL 18,
  • Inner package code: 1998M
  • UPC – 0 55742 33690 0
  • Distribution – Alberta , British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Possibly National, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon

Manufacturer urges consumers to ensure proper cooking and handling – Do Not Microwave uncooked chicken!

In a news release from Sofina Foods Inc, they indicated they had also issued a manufacturer recall stating, “Out of abundance of due diligence, Sofina is proactively recalling the following product due to reported cases of illness. Regardless of salmonella being destroyed when proper cooking instructions are followed, we are taking this precautionary measure.”

Sofina’s release goes on to explain, “Salmonella is commonly found in raw chicken and frozen raw breaded chicken products. Illnesses can be avoided if safe food handling, preparation and cooking practices are followed when preparing these types of food products, specifically by ensuring a safe internal temperature of at least 74°C (165°F). These products should not be microwaved as this method does not generate the appropriate internal temperature for the products to cook properly.”

What you should do?
Canadian Food Inspection Agency

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

As of February 27, 2019, the Public Health Agency of Canada states there is one active national Salmonella outbreak investigation linked to raw chicken including frozen raw breaded chicken products. Only 1 case has been identified in Saskatchewan at this point.

February 27, 2019 (Update) – Salmonella Enteritidis

Currently, there are 59 cases of illness in ten provinces linked to this outbreak: British Columbia (4), Alberta (13), Saskatchewan (1), Manitoba (4), Ontario (22), Quebec (4), New Brunswick (2), Nova Scotia (5), Prince Edward Island (3) and Newfoundland and Labrador (1).

None of the ill individuals have been hospitalized.

No deaths have been reported.

Frozen raw breaded chicken products have been identified as a source of this outbreak.Quote: Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada – Summary of investigations

In May 2017, Government of Canada scientists began using a new technology called “whole genome sequencing” to help identify and respond to outbreaks. Since that time, federal, provincial and territorial health and food safety partners have investigated 15 national outbreaks linked to raw chicken, including frozen raw breaded chicken products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued food recall warnings for twelve products linked to some of these outbreak investigations.

As of February 27, 2019, there have been 534 laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella illness investigated as part of the illness outbreaks across the country: British Columbia (42), Alberta (83), Saskatchewan (18), Manitoba (26), Ontario (189), Quebec (111), New Brunswick (27), Nova Scotia (17), Prince Edward Island (5), Newfoundland and Labrador (12), Northwest Territories (1), Yukon (1), and Nunavut (2).

There have been 90 individuals hospitalized as part of these outbreaks. Three individuals have died; however, Salmonella was not the cause of death for two of those individuals, and it was not determined whether Salmonella contributed to the cause of death for the third individual. Infections have occurred in Canadians of all ages and genders.Source: Public Health Agency of Canada

Post Author: Joanne Francis

Joanne Francis is the Editor and Journalist for Nipawin News