Maple Leaf Foods is recalling various breaded chicken products because they may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria.
The chicken products were distributed in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Products subject to recall include:
- Maple Leaf chicken breast strips, product code 2018-04-20, 840 gram packages
- Sufra Halal chicken burgers, product code 2018-01-20, 828 gram packages
- Mina Halal chicken burgers, product code 7118, 828 gram packages
The recall was initiated by Maple Leaf Foods, but to date, no illnesses associated with consuming these products have been reported.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which could lead to the recall of other products, CFIA stated.
Food contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin may not look or smell spoiled, according to CFIA. The toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria is not easily destroyed at normal cooking temperatures. Common symptoms of Staphylococcus poisoning are nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and fever. In severe cases of illness, headache, muscle cramping and changes in blood pressure and pulse rate may occur.