Infectious Diseases 2019

Infectious Diseases 2019

Health Canada update on salmonella outbreak

5 October, 2019

Health Canada announced an outbreak of Salmonella (Salmonella Reading) illnesses linked to raw turkey and raw chicken. This update reflects 14 illnesses that have been added to the outbreak investigation. There are now 110 illnesses under investigation, Thirty-two individuals have been hospitalized. One individual has died. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has not issued any food recall warnings related to this outbreak. Based on the investigation findings to date, exposure to raw turkey and raw chicken products has been identified as the likely source of the outbreak. Many of the individuals who became sick reported eating different types of turkey and chicken products before their illnesses occurred. The outbreak appears to be ongoing, as recent illnesses continue to be reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada. 
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention previously investigated similar Salmonella illnesses in several states that were linked to raw turkey exposure. There were some turkey products recalled in the U.S. that were associated with that outbreak. These products were not imported or distributed in the Canadian marketplace. The U.S. investigation was closed in April 2019.