Health Canada: Outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to frozen whole kernel corn

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The Health Canada announced Tuesday that the recent outbreak of Salmonella infections has links with the frozen whole kernel corn.

“There are now 84 Salmonella illnesses reported across 5 provinces. Based on the investigation findings to date, the outbreak is linked to Alasko brand frozen whole kernel corn,” according to a notice issued Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued food recall warnings on December 14 and 19 for Alasko brand frozen whole kernel corn imported by New Alasko Limited Partnership.

Some of these products were possibly distributed nationally, PHAC said, adding that this led to a secondary recall for Fraser Valley Meats brand frozen whole kernel corn on December 18.

The Public Health Agency also added that additional food recall warnings in Canada are possible, urging the consumers, retailers, manufacturers, and food service establishments not to eat, use, sell, or serve any recalled Alasko brand or Fraser Valley Meats brand frozen whole kernel corn.

According to PHAC, 36 of the cases of Salmonealla infections were reported in British Columbia, 30 in Alberta, 4 in Saskatchewan, 12 in Manitoba, and 2 in Ontario. The illnesses reported in Ontario are related to travel to Alberta and British Columbia.

Individuals became sick between early September 2021 and late November 2021. Four individuals have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

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