Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Chicken’s poisoning some Canadians

Breaded chicken products are poisoning some Canadians with salmonella bacteria.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, there are seven cases of Salmonella illness in four provinces – one each in Ontario, British Columbia and New Brunswick and four in Alberta.

Two people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Individuals became sick between April and May of this year. Seventy per cent of the sick people are male and the average age is 26, says the agency.

But it’s not saying whose products are suspected of causing the illnesses, although it does say they are breaded chicken.

They are advising the public to thoroughly cook breaded chicken products since the chicken inside could be contaminated.

Food safety communications expert Dr. Doug Powell writes that the agency misses the point that there could be cross contamination in kitchens before the products are cooked.

He also blasts the agency for failing to identify the company and products involved and for taking more than a month to publish its caution to the public.