Maple Leaf recalls chicken breast strips after reports of illnesses

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WATCH: Maple Leaf Foods is recalling some of its chicken breast strips across Canada due to contamination – Nov 2, 2017

Maple Leaf Foods is recalling its frozen chicken breast strips as they may contain a toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

The possibly contaminated chicken is sold in an 840-gram box with a best before date of Sept. 29, 2018 and has the UPC 0 63100 03089 6.

The CFIA warned food contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin may not appear to be or smell spoiled and the toxin is not easily killed at normal cooking temperatures.

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The agency noted the recall was triggered by a consumer complaint and some illnesses have been linked to the consumption of the chicken.

Some of the symptoms associated with Staphylococcus poisoning are: nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and fever. Severe symptoms may include headache, muscle cramping and changes in blood pressure and pulse rate, the CFIA warned.

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The CFIA said the product should be tossed out or returned to the place of purchase.

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The agency said it’s conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to further recalls.

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