The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recently announced that another brand of chicken nuggets was just recalled for salmonella
contamination .The recall is on Crisp & Delicious chicken nuggets with a best before date of July 19, 2019.
These nuggets are the latest in a massive nationwide outbreak that has resulted in over 500 illnesses.
The outbreak has been ongoing since May 2017, as a result of a newly developed method for testing of Salmonella bacteria in food products.
This latest product recall is the 15th investigation in the current outbreak.
It is also the first Salmonella outbreak of 2019 after the CFIA had previously reported on December 17th, 2018 that there were no active outbreak investigations.
The current outbreak seems to be the largest, so far there have been 54 reported cases relating to the chicken nuggets thus far.
There are currently 529 confirmed cases of Salmonella food poisoning across Canada, with cases in every single province and
Salmonella Outbreak Investigations
The Salomella food poisoning outbreaks have led to 90 cases of hospitalisation and at least 1 of 3 related deaths.
Of the 529 people who have been infected with Salmonella, the majority of them come from Ontario where there have been 187 cases and Quebec where there have been 111 cases.
People of all ages and genders have been infected.
Who are most at risk of Salmonella poisoning?
Small children/ babies
Children and babies are
Pregnancy takes a toll on your body, draining resources and nutrients which go to our unborn child. This drain lowers the immune system.
Older people are at high risk of food poisoning, mainly due to the fact that their immune systems are less capable of dealing with illness and disease. Older people often suffer from a chronic disease which can increase the risk of food poisoning.
Immunocompromised, especially HIV infections and cancer patients
These individuals fall into what is known as the “high-risk” population. This is because each person in these categories do in one way or another have lower immune systems than the general population. This is mostly a natural occurrence, especially in cases of babies, which lend their immune system from their mothers in the first few days of life.
In addition to this, remember that our internal flora is more unique than a fingerprint. This means that you could be uniquely susceptible to the risk of food poisoning more so than others, and it could simply be due to the different components of the bacteria in your gut.
What are the symptoms of Salmonellosis?
- stomach cramps
- bloody stools
- muscle pains
Salmonella causes diarrhoea, stomach cramps and fever. Known as salmonellosis. The classic signs of food poisoning. They can develop within 12 hours up to 3 days and can even last up to 1 week. Most patients that are hospitalised are due to severe dehydration, because of the above symptoms.