A Salmonella outbreak in Atlantic Canada that had been linked to contaminated eggs appears to be at an end.
That’s according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, which launched an extensive investigation into a number of infections in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as Nova Scotia.
A total of 70 confirmed cases of Salmonella were identified between October 2020 and last month. Nineteen people total were hospitalized, while 27 cases were confirmed in this province alone.
Health officials determined that exposure to eggs was the likely source of the Salmonella outbreak, as many people who became sick reported consuming or cooking with eggs prior to their illness.
sSome batches were recalled, but the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says some of those with illness did not report coming into contact with the recalled product.
While the outbreak is believed to be over, officials are reminding everyone to handle raw eggs carefully and ensure they are properly cooked before consuming.
FINAL UPDATE: #Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs in N.L. & N.S. appears to be over & the investigation is winding down. Although the outbreak is over Cdns are reminded to always follow safe food-handling practices when cooking with eggs. https://t.co/DmTLPFBie2 pic.twitter.com/3em8S1LphG
— Health Canada and PHAC (@GovCanHealth) April 14, 2021