Investigation of Salmonellosis in Canadian Maritimes


The Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada are investigating an outbreak of salmonellosis in Newfoundland, Labrador and Nova Scotia.


There have been 57 laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella Enteritidis since October 2020.  Among the confirmed cases 19 were hospitalized with patients ranging from 2 to 92 years of age. 


Between October and December 2020 the CFIA issued recalls for eggs distributed in the Maritimes but the affected product should by now have passed use-by dates.

On December 12th 2020 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency recalled eggs from Hilly Acres Farm, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia distributed in the Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador.  It is understood that the October recall resulted from a positive sample on routine surveillance.


Implicated product was marketed under the Farmer John, Eyking and Nova Egg brands. It is unknown whether trace back and whole-genome sequencing have confirmed whether Hilly Acres eggs are responsible for the outbreak in three adjacent Provinces.