While there are three active national investigations into Salmonella outbreaks involving frozen chicken products, another investigation has identified a brand of frozen eclairs and cream puffs as the source of an outbreak of illness.
The individuals became sick between November 2018 and late March 2019.
On April 27, three additional cases of illness were reported in this outbreak, bringing the total to 73 laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella Enteritidis, with 27 of them in British Columbia.
Of these cases, 19 individuals were hospitalized. Although two people died, a link between the deaths and Salmonella haven’t been confirmed.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced on April 26 that Retail Resource Services is recalling specific Celebrate brand frozen profiteroles (or cream puffs) and eclairs due to the possibility that they were contaminated with Salmonella.
These products were sold in B.C., in addition to Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and possibly nationally.
Anyone who has the following products should dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase:
- Mini Chocolate Eclairs (365 grams), with UPC number 8 858762 720047;
- Classical Profiteroles/Classic Profiteroles (325 grams), with UPC number 8 858762 720009;
- Egg Nog Profiteroles (375 grams), with UPC number 8 858762 720016;
- Classic, Pineapple, Coconut, Mango, and Passionfruit Foodservice Profiteroles (all 4 kilograms), without UPC numbers.
Anyone who becomes sick after eating a recalled product should contact a doctor.
Although food that is contaminated with Salmonella may not appear or smell spoiled, it can still make a person sick.
Symptoms (which usually begin six to 72 hours after exposure to the Salmonella bacteria) can last four to seven days and include fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea while long-term complications may include severe arthritis.
More information about Salmonella can be found at the Health Canada website.
The frozen raw breaded chicken products that have been linked to Salmonella outbreaks include specific products of Janes Pub Style Chicken Nuggets, No Name Chicken Nuggets, Compliments Chicken Nuggets, and Crisp and Delicious Chicken Breast Nuggets.