Markham, ON, March 26, 2019 – Frozen raw breaded chicken products are great tasting, easy to prepare and represent an affordable protein source. That is why they have been one of Canadian families’ preferred meal options for years. Unfortunately, despite all educational efforts by industry, including regulatory bodies, a small number of consumers become ill with Salmonella each year.
“Food safety is paramount to us and we remain committed to producing safe food products for Canadians,” said Rick Turvey, Executive Vice-President, Sofina Foods Inc. ”Our production facilities meet or exceed the highest global standards of food safety.”
Salmonella exists naturally in chicken and is completely destroyed when the meat is cooked to the right temperature. The measures taken by Sofina Foods include alerting consumers that the product is raw by enhancing its packaging with the addition of wording such as Raw or Uncooked, using visual icons in the instructions section and including instructions on inner bags.
“Raw breaded and battered products have a golden appearance and look cooked, but this is raw chicken,” added Turvey. “A recent recall was prompted by a consumer using a microwave to prepare the product so we feel the need to take additional measures to reinforce our safety message to consumers on proper cooking practices.”
As communicated by Sofina Foods as well as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Public Health Agency of Canada: Consumers preparing frozen breaded chicken products should take the following precautions to protect their health:
More information on safe internal cooking temperatures and safe food handling, can be found under the Health/Food and Nutrition section of the Government of Canada’s website https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/general-food-safety-tips/safe-internal-cooking-temperatures.html.