The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella, a bacteria that is a common cause of food poisoning. At least six people associated with the outbreak consumed carnitas or other foods purchased on February 23 or 24, 2019, from the Supermercado Rivera kitchen counter located at 4334 W. 51st St., Chicago.

If you have carnitas or other food purchased from the kitchen counter at this establishment on February 23 or 24 in your freezer, do not eat—discard.

If you ate food purchased from the kitchen counter on these dates, you may have been exposed to Salmonella. Although most infections resolve without antibiotics, older individuals or those with weakened immune systems may need medical evaluation and treatment. If you are experiencing severe diarrhea, symptoms of dehydration, or high fever, seek medical attention. Most people who are infected develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after eating contaminated food.

CDPH performed an environmental assessment of the grocery store and provided guidance on safe food handling practices and environmental cleaning to prevent further spread of disease. Implicated food items were no longer available at the store as of March 1, 2019 and at this point there is no evidence that food made after this date was contaminated.

CDPH is monitoring closely for additional reports of illness. If you experienced diarrheal illness after consuming foods from this establishment, contact the Chicago Department of Public Health by calling 312-746-SICK (7425) or emailing outbreak@cityofchicago.org to file a suspected food poisoning complaint.

Salmonella symptoms usually last four to seven days, and most individuals recover without any treatment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that Salmonella causes approximately one million illnesses and 450 deaths in the United States each year. CDPH has also issued an alert to area physicians about the outbreak, providing medical guidance.

Salmonella:  Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $650 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Salmonella lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants.  The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart.

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritis or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation.

As of March 1, 2019, there have been 555 laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella illness investigated as part of the illness outbreaks across the country: British Columbia (42), Alberta (84), Saskatchewan (18), Manitoba (27), Ontario (201), Quebec (115), New Brunswick (28), Nova Scotia (18), Prince Edward Island (6), Newfoundland and Labrador (12), Northwest Territories (1), Yukon (1), and Nunavut (2).

There have been 92 individuals hospitalized as part of these outbreaks. Three individuals have died; however, Salmonella was not the cause of death for two of those individuals, and it was not determined whether Salmonella contributed to the cause of death for the third individual.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued food recall warnings for twelve products. One product was removed from the marketplace by the retailer.

Health authorities remind the public to check to see whether you have the recalled frozen raw breaded chicken products in your home or place of business. If you do:

  • Do not use or eat the recalled products. Secure the recalled products in a plastic bag and then either throw them out or return them to the store where they were purchased.
  • If you do not have the original packaging of a frozen raw breaded chicken product and you are unsure of whether it is included in the food recall warnings, throw it out just to be safe.

Wash your hands with soap and warm water immediately following any contact with a recalled product.

Salmonella:  Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $650 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Salmonella lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants.  The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart.

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritis or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation.

The CDC and public health and regulatory officials in several states investigated a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Infantis infections linked to raw chicken products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) monitored the outbreak.

As of February 19, 2019, 129 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis were reported from 32 states.

Illnesses started from January 8, 2018, to January 27, 2019. Ill people ranged in age from less than 1 year to 105, with a median age of 42. Sixty-nine percent of ill people were female. Of 85 people with information available, 25 (29%) were hospitalized. One death was reported from New York.

The outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis has been identified in samples from raw chicken products from 76 slaughter and/or processing establishments, from raw chicken pet food, and from live chickens. Samples collected at slaughter and processing establishments were collected as part of FSIS’s routine testing under the Salmonella performance standards. WGS showed that the Salmonella strain from these samples was closely related genetically to the Salmonella from ill people.  This result provided more evidence that people in this outbreak got sick from handling or eating raw or undercooked chicken.

Available data indicate that this strain of Salmonella Infantis appears to be present in live chickens and in raw chicken products. A single, common supplier of raw chicken products or of live chickens was not identified.

CDC and USDA-FSIS are actively engaging with representatives from the chicken industry to explore ways to reduce Salmonella Infantis in chicken products. Because investigation results suggest this strain of Salmonella Infantis is present in both live chickens and in raw chicken products, further investigation and interventions to reduce the prevalence of this strain should target both the live chicken industry and chicken processing facilities. Consumers should be aware that raw chicken may be contaminated with harmful germs.

Salmonella:  Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $650 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Salmonella lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants.  The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart.

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritis or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation.

According to SA Health the investigation into a Salmonella outbreak linked to three Angkor Bakery stores has found the likely source of contamination was related to handling of raw egg products.

SA Health’s Acting Director of Public Health Services, Dr. Fay Jenkins, said a number of food and environmental samples collected from all stores last week returned positive results for Salmonella.

“Given the sample results and the strain of the Salmonella outbreak, it is most likely that the cause of contamination was related to handling raw egg products,” Dr. Jenkins said.

“The owners of the Angkor Bakery stores continue to work closely with the local councils and SA Health to improve their practices, and all three bakeries closed voluntarily during the investigation.

“Following the remediation work, subsequent tests returned negative results for Salmonella, and all three of the businesses are able to reopen. They will be closely monitored by the local council.”

The number of cases of Salmonella linked to this outbreak has risen to 51, including 19 people who required hospitalization.

Raw egg products can be risky ingredients if they are not appropriately handled, and safe handling practices should be followed by businesses and in the home.

“Many food poisoning outbreaks have been associated with foods containing raw or partially cooked eggs such as aioli, mayonnaise, hollandaise or tartare sauce and mousse,” Dr. Jenkins said.

“The external shell of eggs may contain harmful bacteria such as Salmonella, and while eggs may not necessarily look or smell ‘off’ they may be contaminated.

“It’s important to check that eggs are clean and not cracked or dirty – and those that are should be thrown out.

“Preparation surfaces and utensils should be thoroughly washed, sanitized and dried after handling eggs, and remember to think of raw eggs like raw meat, and wash your hands thoroughly after handling them.”

People can experience symptoms of Salmonella infection between six and 72 hours after exposure and symptoms usually last for three to seven days.

These include fever, diarrhea, vomiting, headaches, stomach cramps and loss of appetite.

More severe symptoms may occur in young children, older people, pregnant women and people who are immunocompromised.

Anyone who develops these symptoms and is concerned should see their doctor and get tested for Salmonella.

Salmonella:  Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $650 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Salmonella lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants.  The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart.

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritis or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation.

According to the CDC, since the last update on December 21, 2018, 63 ill people from 24 states, and the District of Columbia, have been added to this investigation.

As of February 13, 2019, 279 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading have been reported from 41 states and the District of Columbia. 107 people have been hospitalized. One death has been reported from California.

Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that raw turkey products from a variety of sources are contaminated with Salmonella Reading and are making people sick. In interviews, ill people report eating different types and brands of turkey products purchased from many different locations. Four ill people lived in households where raw turkey pet food was fed to pets. The outbreak strain has been identified in samples taken from raw turkey pet food, raw turkey products, and live turkeys.

Several turkey products have been recalled because they might have been contaminated with Salmonella. Please see the list of recalled items below. A single, common supplier of raw turkey products or of live turkeys has not been identified that could account for the whole outbreak.

The Public Health Agency of CanadaExternalhas identified ill people in Canada infected with Salmonella Reading bacteria with the same DNA fingerprint.  As of January 31, 2019, there have been 72 confirmed cases of Salmonella Reading illness investigated in the following provinces and territories: British Columbia (20), Alberta (24), Saskatchewan (6), Manitoba (13), Ontario (6), New Brunswick (1), Northwest Territories (1), and Nunavut (1). Individuals became sick between April 2017 and early January 2019. Eighteen individuals have been hospitalized. One individual has died. Individuals who became ill are between 0 and 96 years of age. The majority of cases (55%) are female.

The outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading is present in live turkeys and in many types of raw turkey products, indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry. CDC and USDA-FSIS have shared this information with representatives from the turkey industry and requested that they take steps to reduce Salmonella contamination.

Salmonella:  Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $650 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Salmonella lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants.  The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart.

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonellainfection, including Reactive Arthritis or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation.

In response to a recall by Satur Farms, Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling various prepared foods items in eight states containing baby spinach because of a potential contamination of Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The affected products, including salads, pizza, sandwiches and wraps, were sold at stores in Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. No illnesses have been reported at this time.

Affected products are labeled with a Whole Foods Market scale label and can be identified by the following information. Additionally, consumers who purchased items containing baby spinach from the salad bars or hot bars at Whole Foods Market locations in these states should discard items purchased through January 23, 2019.

Product Product Code (begins with) Sell by Date Affected States
Chicken Florentine Panini 0265249 1/26/2019 CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Golden Beet & Tangerine Salad 0276651 1/26/2019 CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Locavore Cheese Steak Wrap 0288833 1/26/2019 CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Mediterranean Stuffed Salmon 0276640 1/26/2019 CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Quinoa with Dark Leafy Greens 0276652 1/26/2019 CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Roasted Vegetables Panini 0286668 1/26/2019 CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Salad Spring Berry Power 0261702 1/26/2019 CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Smoked Turkey with Apple & Cheddar Sandwich 0289436 1/26/2019 CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Spinach and Vegetable Quinoa Salad 0287410 1/26/2019 CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Spinach Ravioli Salad with Lemon, Tomato, and Parmesan CC 0262216 1/26/2019 CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Strawberry Balsamic Quinoa CC 0226215 1/26/2019 CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Tofu Shawarma Wrap 0225938 1/26/2019 CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Turkey Avocado Sandwich (Turkado Sandwich) 0268506 1/26/2019 CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Turkey with Spinach & Feta Sandwich 0278131 1/26/2019 CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Vegan Spinach Almond Ricotta Pizza 0289927 1/26/2019 CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Chicken Cordon Blue Panini 0236489 1/24/2019 CT, NJ, NY
New England Cranberry Turkey Sandwich 0236543 1/24/2019 CT, NJ, NY
Paleo Mediterranean Tuna Salad 0278786 1/27/2019 CT, NJ, NY
Spinach, Sauteed with Garlic CC 0262208 1/27/2019 CT, NJ, NY
Avocado Dragon Ball Bowl 0239999 1/27/2019 FL
Bistro Pasta Salad 0270265 1/26/2019 FL
Breakfast Sandwich Platter 0289062 1/26/2019 FL
Chicken Enchiladas Dinner 0268015 1/28/2019 FL
Cilantro & Lime Chicken Burrito 0270878 1/26/2019 FL
Coconut Kiwi Butter Bowl 0251413 1/27/2019 FL
Egg White & Spinach Breakfast 0276983 1/27/2019 FL
Egg White Burrito 0276829 1/27/2019 FL
Eggplant Rolantini 0270871 1/26/2019 FL
Focaccia Vegetable Pesto Sandwich 0260646 1/27/2019 FL
Goat Cheese Salad With Mandarin Orange & Candied Cashews 0272681 1/27/2019 FL
I Yam What I Yam Bowl 0251986 1/27/2019 FL
Large Brasserie Cheese Goat Salad 0272680 1/27/2019 FL
Large Goat Cheese Green Salad 0289143 1/28/2019 FL
Large Spinach & Mushroom Salad 0272061 1/27/2019 FL
Maple Glazed Acorn Squash 0284071 1/26/2019 FL
Mesclun Mix With Candied Pecans & Sun Dried Cranberries 0272093 1/27/2019 FL
Mesclun Mix With Candied Pecans & SunDried Cranberries 0272788 1/27/2019 FL
Mustard Crusted Salmon 0271328 1/28/2019 FL
My Big Fat Greek Pizza 0270663 1/26/2019 FL
Orange Lentil Vegetable Egg Bowl 0251625 1/27/2019 FL
Pizza Il Mediterraneo 0229250 1/24/2019 FL
Salad Golden Beets Tangerine 0271078 1/26/2019 FL
Sandwich Baguette Chicken Saltimbocca 0237929 1/26/2019 FL
Sandwich Baguette Turkey Brie 0237933 1/26/2019 FL
Sandwich Ham Olive Sliced 0236398 1/27/2019 FL
Serbian Ajvar Vegetable Club 0220041 1/28/2019 FL
Small Spinach & Mushroom Salad 0272793 1/27/2019 FL
Smoked Mozzarella Pasta 0225081 1/28/2019 FL
Spinach Artichoke Bleus Pizza 0271388 1/26/2019 FL
Spinach Gorgonzola Salad 0267982 1/26/2019 FL
Spinach Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad 0260136 1/28/2019 FL
Spinach Walnut Bleus Pizza 0271331 1/26/2019 FL
Vegetable Pesto Focaccia 0244952 1/27/2019 FL
Vegetable Pesto Focaccia Sandwich 0244953 1/27/2019 FL
Watermelon Garbanzo Vegetable Bowl 0251968 1/27/2019 FL

Satur Farms, 3705 Alvah’s Lane, Cutchogue, NY 11935 is voluntarily recalling Baby Spinach and Mesclun with the specific lot numbers listed below because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e. aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. The following product was distributed in New York and Florida through retail stores.

Retail product is packed in plastic clamshell containers with Satur Farms brand name:

5 oz, 10 oz, 16 oz
Food service product is packed in sealed poly bags:
2-1/2 lbs, 3#, 4#, 4 x 2.5#, 4 x 3#

Spinach Lot #18494
Spinach Lot #18513
Mesclun Lot #18520

There have been no reported illnesses.

The voluntary recall is being initiated following routine sampling by Florida Department of Agriculture and New York State Department of Agriculture and markets. Consumers who have purchase Satur Farms products with these lot numbers are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Satur Farms requests all consignees (wholesalers and retailers) to hold and discontinue selling their existing stock of this product.

General Mills announced today a voluntary national recall of five-pound bags of its Gold Medal Unbleached Flour with a better if used by date of April 20, 2020.

The recall is being issued for the potential presence of Salmonella which was discovered during sampling of the five-pound bag product. This recall is being issued out of an abundance of care as General Mills has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this product.

This recall only affects this one date code of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour five-pound bags. All other types of Gold Medal Flour are not affected by this recall.

Consumers are asked to check their pantries and dispose of the product affected by this recall.

Guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to warn that consumers should refrain from consuming any raw products made with flour. Salmonella is killed by heat through baking, frying, sautéing or boiling products made with flour. All surfaces, hands and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour or dough.

This voluntary recall includes the following code date currently in stores or consumers’ pantries:

Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose 5LB Flour
Package UPC 000-16000-19610-0
Recalled Better if Used by Date 20APR2020KC

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Hy-Vee, Inc. is voluntarily recalling its cheesecakes made with Diamond Crystal Brands cheesecake mix due to the potential that they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The potential for contamination was brought to Hy-Vee’s attention today after receiving a letter from the supplier.

The voluntary recall includes 32 varieties of cheesecakes in both 8-ounce and 32-ounce packages with best if used by dates of Dec. 6, 2018, through Jan. 11, 2019. No illnesses have been reported to date.

The mixture was distributed to 117 of Hy-Vee’s 249 grocery stores across its eight-state region of Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The product comes in a plastic container with a plastic lid. The expiration date range is between Dec. 6, 2018, and Jan. 11, 2019. The expiration date can be found on the label. Below is a list of products that are being voluntarily recalled:

02-80142-00000 Cherry Cheesecake Serving 8oz

02-80141-00000 Cherry Cheesecake Family Size 32oz

02-80146-00000 Oreo Cheesecake Serving 8oz

02-80145-00000 Oreo Cheesecake Family Size 32oz

02-80148-00000 Pumpkin Fluff Cheesecake Serving 8oz

02-80147-00000 Pumpkin Fluff Cheesecake Family Size 32oz

02-80150-00000 Strawberry Cheesecake Serving 8oz

02-80149-00000 Strawberry Cheesecake Family Size 32oz

02-80224-00000 Mint Cheesecake Serving 8oz

02-80223-00000 Mint Cheesecake Family Size 32oz

02-82327-00000 Turtle Cheesecake Serving 8oz

02-82328-00000 Turtle Cheesecake Family Size 32oz

02-80153-00000 Flag Cheesecake Serving 8oz

02-80151-00000 Flag Cheesecake Family Size 32oz

02-82315-00000 Mint Chip Bettercreme Cheesecake Serving 8oz

02-82316-00000 Mint Chip Bettercreme Cheesecake Family Size 32oz

02-82317-00000 Strawberry Bettercreme Cheesecake Serving 8oz

02-82318-00000 Strawberry Bettercreme Cheesecake Family Size 32oz

02-82319-00000 Lemon Bettercreme Cheesecake Serving 8oz

02-82320-00000 Lemon Bettercreme Cheesecake Family Size 32oz

02-82321-00000 Pumpkin Bettercreme Cheesecake Serving 8oz

02-82322-00000 Pumpkin Bettercreme Cheesecake Family Size 32oz

02-82323-00000 Chocolate Bettercreme Cheesecake Serving 8oz

02-82324-00000 Chocolate Bettercreme Cheesecake Family Size 32oz

02-82325-00000 Sea Salted Caramel Bettercreme Cheesecake Serving 8oz

02-82326-00000 Sea Salted Caramel Bettercreme Cheesecake Family Size 32oz

02-82329-00000 Golden Oreo Bettercreme Cheesecake Serving 8oz

02-82330-00000 Golden Oreo Bettercreme Cheesecake Family Size 32oz

02-82331-00000 Oreo Bettercreme Cheesecake Serving 8oz

02-82332-00000 Oreo Bettercreme Cheesecake Family Size 32oz

02-82333-00000 Smores Bettercreme Cheesecake Serving 8oz

02-82334-00000 Smores Bettercreme Cheesecake Family Size 32oz

The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella infections.

Based on the investigation findings to date, exposure to raw turkey and raw chicken products has been identified as the likely source of the outbreak. Many of the individuals who became sick reported eating different types of turkey and chicken products before their illnesses occurred.

Almost half of the illnesses included in this active investigation occurred in October and November 2018. These illnesses are genetically related to illnesses that date back to 2017. The outbreak appears to be ongoing, as illnesses continue to be reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Salmonella bacteria are commonly found in raw or undercooked poultry like turkey or chicken. The bacteria are most-often transmitted to people when they improperly handle, eat or cook contaminated foods.

This outbreak is a reminder of the importance of using safe food handling practices if you are preparing, cooking, cleaning or storing raw turkey and raw chicken food products. These raw products can have bacteria that can easily be spread around food preparation areas and can make you sick if safe food-handling practices are not properly followed.

Canadians across the country are reminded to always handle raw turkey and raw chicken carefully, and to cook it thoroughly to prevent food-related illnesses like Salmonella. The Public Health Agency of Canada is not advising that consumers avoid eating properly cooked turkey or chicken products, nor is it advising retailers to stop selling raw turkey and raw chicken products.

This public health notice is being issued to inform Canadians of the investigation findings to date and to share important safe food-handling practices to help prevent further Salmonella infections. This notice will be updated as the investigation evolves.

As of December 21, 2018, there have been 22 confirmed cases of Salmonella Reading illness investigated in the following provinces: British Columbia (9), Alberta (7), Manitoba (5), and New Brunswick (1). Individuals became sick between April 2017 and mid-November 2018. Five individuals have been hospitalized. One individual has died. Individuals who became ill are between 0 and 93 years of age. The majority of cases (64%) are female.

The collaborative outbreak investigation was initiated due to an increase of Salmonella Reading illnesses that occurred in October and November 2018. Through the use of a laboratory method called whole genome sequencing, some Salmonella illnesses dating back to 2017 were identified to have the same genetic strain as the illnesses that occurred in October and November 2018. Almost half of the illnesses under investigation occurred in October and November 2018.

It is possible that more recent illnesses may be reported in the outbreak because there is a period of time between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported to public health officials. This period of time is called the case reporting delay. In national Salmonella outbreak investigations, the case reporting delay is usually between 5 and 6 weeks.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC) is also investigating similar Salmonella illnesses in several states that have been linked to raw turkey exposure. There have been some turkey products recalled in the U.S. that were associated with this outbreak. These products were not imported or distributed in the Canadian marketplace.

The CFIA is collaborating with the overall outbreak investigation and is liaising with the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding their investigation into the potential turkey source. The CFIA will issue food recall warnings to inform Canadians if any products recalled in the U.S. were imported in Canada.