The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a food recall warning for a Harvest Creek Chicken Nuggets product that may be connected to an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis in four provinces.

The recalled product has been identified as Harvest Creek Chicken Nuggets – Uncooked Breaded Chicken Cutlettes (2 x 1kg) with a best before date of October 11, 2018 (BB/MA 18-OC-11) and UPC: 8 29810 93350 2.

The product has been distributed in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, and Quebec, and may have been distributed in other provinces or territories. The product has been linked to this outbreak investigation and therefore the Public Health Agency of Canada and CFIA advise Canadians to not consume the recalled products, and retailers and restaurants to not serve the recalled product.

Investigation summary

Currently, there are 30 cases of Salmonella Enteritidis illness in four provinces: Alberta (2), Ontario (17), Quebec (7), and New Brunswick (4). Four individuals have been hospitalized.

Individuals became sick between May 2017 and February 2018. The average age of cases is 32 years, with ages ranging from 1 to 73 years. Fifty-seven percent of the cases are in male patients.

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Based on the investigation findings to date, exposure to poultry, including frozen raw breaded chicken products has been identified as a source of illness. Several of the ill individuals involved in the outbreak reported eating Harvest Creek Chicken Nuggets before their illness occurred.

Food samples of the product implicated in the recall tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis. The positive food samples had the same genetic fingerprint (using whole genome sequencing) as the cases of human illness reported in this outbreak.

CFIA is working with industry to ensure the product is removed from the retail market.

The investigation is ongoing, and it is possible that more products linked to the outbreak investigation may be identified.