If you buy Pinty's chicken strips make sure you check the best before dates. Two recent batches of chicken have been recalled after a test by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency pointed to a serious risk of contamination.
Pinty's brand Oven Roasted Chicken Breast Strips with best before dates of August 9 and August 15 have both been recalled in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.
Health Canada has issued the recall because the chicken could be infected with listeria, a bacteria that can have some nasty side effects in humans. Listeria leads to sickness causing fever, nausea, and muscle aches. Pregnant or elderly people are especially at risk for getting sick.
The worst part about it is there is no way to know if your food is infected. It may not look, smell, or even taste off but it could still make you very sick.
Listeria is a less common food containment than others like e. Coli or salmonella, but it is much more deadly. While most people with strong immune systems are able to fight off the bacteria, anyone with a compromised system is at a really high risk for illness.
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Once the bacteria enters the bloodstream it causes a disease called listeriosis which is incredibly dangerous and according to NPR results in death in one out of five people infected.
If you have any of the chicken which has been recalled, you should dispose of it immediately. If you think you may have been infected already or at risk for developing listeriosis, visit a healthcare professional.
Source: The Globe And Mail