USA/Canada – Salmonella outbreaks from raw frozen chicken not related

Food Safety News 

Salmonella Enteritidis outbreaks in Canada and the United States that have been traced to raw frozen chicken patties are likely not related, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The strain in Canada is not related genetically to the strain in the U.S., so the outbreaks do not appear to be related,” a CDC spokesperson told Food Safety News.

Between the two outbreaks, 65 people have been confirmed with salmonellosis, an infection caused by Salmonella bacteria. Thorough cooking to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F kills the bacteria.

In the U.S. outbreak, Ruby’s Pantry network of food pantries in Wisconsin and Minnesota distributed the raw frozen breaded chicken patties without realizing they were raw. Labeling did not indicate the chicken was raw. 

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