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Maple Leaf Foods is recalling an undisclosed amount of chicken strip and sandwich products under three brands because they maybe contaminated with toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria.

Retailers in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec received the products, which are now under recall, according to a notice posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

“Consumers should not consume the recalled products,” according to the CFIA recall notice. “Check to see if you have recalled product in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

“Food contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin may not look or smell spoiled. The toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria is not easily destroyed at normal cooking temperatures. Common symptoms of Staphylococcus poisoning are nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and fever. In severe cases of illness, headache, muscle cramping and changes in blood pressure and pulse rate may occur.”

Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products and developed symptoms of Staphylococcus poisoning should immediately seek medical attention and tell their doctors about the possible exposure so appropriate diagnostic tests can be performed.

The specific products implicated in the recall are:

  • Maple Leaf brand Chicken Breast Strips in 840-gram packages with the date code 2018-04-20 and a UPC number of 0 63100 03089 6;
  • Sufra Halal brand Chicken Burgers in 828-gram packages with the date code 2018-01-20 and a UPC number of 0 61483 05778 3; and
  • Mina Halal brand Chicken Burgers in 828-gram packages with the package code 7118 and a UPC number of 0 63100 42143 4.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products, according to the recall notice. The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

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