Canada's Second Major Salmonella Outbreak Was Just Confirmed With 73 New Cases in 6 Provinces
Salmonella cases have seemed to be dramatically increasing this year with hundreds of cases reported across the country in less than two years. Another 73 cases have been added to that total as a second major outbreak of salmonella has just been confirmed by the Government of Canada. Celebrate Brand Frozen Desserts have just been recalled across the nation as they are the leading cause of this second major outbreak.
The first major salmonella outbreak was related to raw chicken products, including frozen raw breaded chicken products. As of March 22, 566 Laboratory cases were confirmed since May 2017.
Yesterday, The Government of Canada released an update about this second outbreak, stating that as of April 27, 2019, 73 laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella are being investigated across six provinces: BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec. Out of these cases, nineteen people have been hospitalized and two deaths have been reported.
Individuals started to become ill in November 2018 and many of the individuals who had become sick reported eating Celebrate brand classic or egg nog flavoured profiteroles or mini chocolate eclairs.
Now, all of these Celebrate products have been recalled across Canada. To view the full recall listing you can visit the Canada Food Recall list here.
The investigation for this outbreak is still ongoing and it is possible that more illnesses may arise. It is also reported that more products may become linked to this outbreak as the investigation continues.
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The Government of Canada warns that everyone is at risk of getting Salmonella and no one should be eating the recalled Celebration products. If you are in possession of the recalled product you are asked to throw them out immediately and properly wash any containers that they were stored in.
Symptoms of Salmonella often include fever, chills, headaches, and vomiting. These symptoms usually last four to seven days. People who are affected by Salmonella should ensure to visit a health professional if symptoms worsen or last longer than seven days.
In the most recent recall notice, the Government of Canada ensures the public that it is committed to food safety. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is conducting food safety investigations on the outbreak and the Government will continue to update the public as more information becomes available.