Two well-known companies have recalled products due to concerns over possible salmonella contamination. The first recall comes from Loblaws No Name Brand chicken nuggets, while the second recall comes from Christie, a popular brand that sells everything from cookies to crackers.
According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, there has been at least one reported illness associated with consumption of certain No Name Brand chicken nuggets sold by Loblaws. The nuggets in question include those sold in in 907-gram packages with UPC code 060383896850, and it’s recommended that you either throw them out or return them to the store where you purchased them from in order to receive a full refund.
The second recall, as mentioned, comes from Christie brand’s Ritz Bits Sandwiches (made by Mondēlez Canada.) The products in question are packages sold as 1.26 kilograms, 18- grams, and 42 grams; and are limited to the cheese and pizza flavours. Other Ritz products, such as Ritz Crackers, may also be affected by the recall. If you happen to have any of the products mentioned in the recall, you should again either throw them out or return them to the original point of sale for a refund.
Salmonella is typically linked to things like contaminated water or foods, such as eggs, meat and poultry, though it’s not uncommon to occur in other foods products. Symptoms of salmonella generally appear anywhere from 12 to 72 hours after infection, and may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain. Most people will with salmonella poisoning will not require any treatment and will recover within 4 to 7 days. However, in some cases, your doctor may need to prescribe anti-diarrheals and anti-emetics. In rare cases, salmonella bacteria can enter into the bloodstream. If this happens, you will need to be prescribed antibiotics. In some cases, individuals may also need to be hospitalized for treatment – such as IV fluids – especially if there has been lots of vomiting, as that can actually cause you to become severely dehydrated. To avoid dehydration, it’s important to drink as much water as possible. If you feel like you are unable to keep down fluids, sucking on ice chips is a good alternative to help keep yourself hydrated.
Individuals most at risk of developing salmonella poisoning are those with weakened immune systems as well as woman who are pregnant. Salmonella is also more common in the warmer, summer months than it is in fall or winter – though it can still occur at any time.
In order to prevent salmonella poisoning, make sure you wash your hands regularly (especially after bathroom use.) It’s also important to ensure that all of your food is not only cooked thoroughly but stored carefully, too. If a product you own is subject of a recall by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada, do not continue to consume that product (even if you already have and think it’s safe.) You may also not be aware of the fact that many reptiles and other amphibians can be carriers of salmonella, which is found in their droppings. The bacteria can then spread to things like household surfaces, furniture, clothing, and skin.