Canada – Public Health Notice: Outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to eggs

Government of Canada

This notice has been updated to reflect that the outbreak appears to be over and the investigation is winding down. Although the outbreak appears to be over, Canadians are advised to always follow safe food-handling tips if you are buying, cleaning, chilling, cooking and storing any type of eggs or egg-based foods.

In total, 70 laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella Enteritidis illness were reported in: Newfoundland and Labrador (27), and Nova Scotia (43). Individuals became sick between late October 2020 and mid-March 2021. Nineteen individuals were hospitalized. No deaths were reported. Individuals who became ill were between 2 and 98 years of age. The majority of cases (71%) were female.

Between October and December 2020, CFIA issued food recall warnings for a variety of eggs distributed in Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Some individuals who became sick in this outbreak reported exposure to recalled eggs; however, there were a number of ill individuals that did not.

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