Canada's top doctor: Canadians need to be more cautious handling chicken products

Canada's chief medical officers of health say people need to be more careful if they handle, prepare or eat frozen raw breaded chicken products like nuggets, strips and burgers.

In a joint statement issued Thursday, the country's top public health doctors say products containing raw chicken need to be handled carefully and cooked to an internal temperature of at least 74 degrees before they are safe to eat.

Hundreds of cases of salmonella infection associated with frozen raw breaded chicken products have been reported over the last 16 months, due at least in part to improper cooking or handling.

Most people who become ill from salmonella will recover within a week, but some can suffer more severe illness, hospitalization, and in rare cases, death.