Why are there so many chicken nugget recalls?

checken nuggets with dipping sauce

Have you been hearing lots about breaded chicken product recalls and are you beginning to wonder how they can make people sick?

You might often think that breaded chicken products like chicken nuggets, strips, and burgers, are fully cooked but that might not be true! You might not handle and cook them safely.

It’s important to understand that breaded chicken products usually contain raw chicken that may be contaminated with bacteria that can make you sick.  You can easily kill this bacteria if you cook these products thoroughly and handle them properly .

chicken nuggents piled high into a tower

Macro of fried chicken nuggets on white background

So, how can you protect yourself and your family?

  • Cook all breaded chicken products until the internal temperature reaches 74°C (165°F).
  • Use a probe thermometer to check the temperatures.
  • Follow the cooking instructions on the box or bag.
  • Wash your hands well after touching these types of food.
  • Keep your countertops and surfaces clean.

For more information, contact the CK Public Health Unit at 519.355.1071.