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Salmonella outbreak traced to raw, frozen chicken (US/MN, WI) + Canada (Nationwide); E. coli Outbreak traced to Pork in Alberta, Canada Likely Over

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Reason for Recall: Salmonella
Company: Ruby’s Pantry
Product:  raw, frozen, breaded chicken – It is breaded and looks very much like cooked chicken, but it needs to be fully cooked. 

Details: From the website: This chicken was recently distributed through a number of Ruby’s Pop-Up Pantries in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The chicken is perfectly good; however, some did not cook it fully, assuming it was precooked and that they could simply heat it in the microwave for a short time. We’ve had three people in northern Wisconsin, one person in east-central Minnesota and two people in northwestern Minnesota who were affected by this and became ill.  Read More

Regions: US/Minnesota, Wisconsin 


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Reason for Recall: Salmonella 
Company: Loblaw Companies Ltd.
Product:  “No Name” branded raw frozen breaded “chicken burgers.”

Details: Loblaw Companies Limited: | 1-800-296-2332

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
no name Chicken Burgers kg Outer package: 2019 FE 06
Inner package: 0378M
0 60383 16636 6

Outbreak victims in Canada are spread across eight provinces: AB, BC, MB, ON, QC, NB, NS, NL

Regions: Canada/Nationwide


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Although provincial officials have declared it over, a deadly E. coli outbreak traced to pork could cause additional illnesses because consumers and businesses may still have recalled products on hand.

The E. coli O157:H7 outbreak sickened at least 42 people who developed infections from the contaminated pork, according to Alberta Health Services. Thirteen people were so sick they were admitted to hospitals. One of them died, likely because of the infection, health officials reported.

The Meat Shop at Pine Haven sold the pork products to restaurants, grocery stores and other entities in Canada. An ensuing series of at least six pork recalls involved dozens of products packaged under various brands. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency posted the recalls, which began April 24 and continued through May 2.

“While this outbreak is considered over, there is still the possibility there may be additional cases confirmed in the coming weeks, which is why we ask people to check their freezers, to make sure they don’t still have products affected by the recalls,” said the Friday statement from the Alberta health department.

Dr. Jasmine Hasselback, medical officer of health for Edmonton Zone of Alberta Health Services praised the meat business in the Friday update.

“We would also like to thank and acknowledge The Meat Shop at Pine Haven and all of the affected businesses for their cooperation,” Hasselback said in the outbreak update.

Alberta health officials began an investigating a cluster of confirmed cases of E. coli on March 29. Three and a half weeks later, on April 24, the outbreak was linked to certain pork products sold and distributed by The Meat Shop at Pine Haven.

Initially officials thought the outbreak was linked to Mama Nita’s Filipino Cuisine restaurant. However, it was later confirmed that the restaurant had purchased pork products from The Meat Shop. The operators deep cleaned and sanitized the restaurant.

In addition to Alberta investigators, staff from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada, worked on the investigation.

Advice to consumers
Anyone who has recently eaten any of the recalled products listed on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s website and developed symptoms of E. coli infection should immediately seek medical attention. People should make sure their doctors know about their possible exposure so the proper diagnostic testing and treatment can be provided.

Symptoms usually begin one to eight days after ingesting the bacteria. Symptoms can include diarrhea that can range from mild and watery to severe and bloody; abdominal cramping, pain or tenderness; nausea; and vomiting in some people.

Healthy adults usually recover from E. coli O157:H7 infections within a week. Young children, older adults, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems have a greater risk of developing a life-threatening form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.

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