The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced that Sofina Foods Inc. is recalling Janes brand Pub Style Chicken Nuggets because of possible Salmonella contamination.
The breaded, frozen product is sold in an 800-gram box (see photo above) and is nationally distributed.
It is the fifth Janes product to undergo a recall notice for possible Salmonella contamination in about a year-and-a-half.
The CFIA said in a March 21 news release that it is currently investigating an outbreak of foodborne illness and that information from the case led to the recall. It added that there have been "reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product".
In late October 2018, the CFIA alerted consumers to a national recall of 800-gram frozen packages of Janes brand Pub Style Chicken Burgers because of possible Salmonella contamination. At the time, the agency noted that salmonella investigations by the Public Health Agency of Canada had linked frozen and breaded chicken products to 25 illnesses—including two hospitalizations—across the country. It did not state at the time that there was a direct link between the recalled product and the illnessess.
Several days after the October 2018 notice, the CFIA updated the recall (at Sofina Foods Inc.'s request) to include Janes Pub Style Chicken Strips, also due to possible Salmonella contamination.
In a list of frozen and breaded raw chicken products recalled due to Salmonella since July 2017, the CFIA notes two other Janes brand products: Pub Style Chicken Burgers and Pub Style Snacks Popcorn Chicken, both recalled on October 17, 2017.
The other brands on the CFIA list since July 2017 include one from Harvest Creek, one President's Choice product, four no-name products, one from Compliments, and one from Crisp & Delicious.
An updated Government of Canada public-health notice about ongoing investigations into Salmonella outbreaks linked to raw and raw frozen chicken-products consumption can be found here.
The CFIA asks that consumers who have the product named in the latest recall to either dispose of it or return it to the point of purchase.
The agency also noted in the release: "Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis."