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   Stay Safe When You Cook Chicken

As you may know, there continues to be Salmonella outbreaks linked to raw chicken, including frozen raw breaded chicken products such as chicken nuggets, chicken strips, chicken burgers, popcorn chicken and chicken fries. These products may appear to be pre-cooked or browned, but may contain raw chicken and should be handled with caution.

What can consumers do?

· Avoid illness by following cooking instructions carefully and verifying the internal temperature after cooking (you may use a digital food thermometer).
· Frozen raw breaded chicken products and raw chicken pieces must be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 74°C (165°F) to ensure that they are safe to eat. Whole chicken needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 82°C (180°F).
· Do not use the microwave, as this results in uneven heating and may cause some parts of the product to be undercooked.
· Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before and after handling these products, and sanitize surfaces and tools to avoid the spread of bacteria.
· See the Frozen Raw Breaded Chicken Fact Sheet on Canada.ca to find out more.

Who is most at risk? Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection, but infants, children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are more fragile.

More information:

· Statement from the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health
· Frozen Raw Breaded Chicken Fact Sheet
· Poultry Safety Fact Sheet
· Salmonella Fact Sheet
· General Food Safety Tips
· Ongoing Outbreak Investigations
· New Requirements for Industry to Reduce Salmonella
· Recalls and safety alerts mobile application

Thank you for learning about the safe handling of frozen raw breaded chicken products to help protect people from contracting Salmonella.

The Public Health Agency of Canada, Atlantic Region


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