Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Chia Powder
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting that an outbreak of Salmonella Newport and Salmonella Hartford has been linked to several brands of organic sprouted chia powder in the United States and Canada, leading to a recall of these products.
As of June 2, 17 individuals from 10 U.S. states have been identified as being infected with either Salmonella Newport or Salmonella Hartford. All 12 of the infected individuals who were available to be interviewed confirmed eating chia seeds or powder, with 9 of those eating specifically chia powder. Two hospitalizations and no deaths have been reported.
The recalled products include:
- Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder: 227 grams; UPC 854260 006162
- Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder: 454 grams, UPC 854260 005462
- Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder: 50 pounds, UPC None
- Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia and Flax Seed Powder: 227 grams, UPC 854260 006216
- Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia and Flax Seed Powder: 454 grams, UPC 854260 005479
- Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia and Flax Seed Powder: 50 pounds, UPC None
- Back 2 the Garden Sprouted Chia Seed Powder: 200 grams; UPC Variable
- Navitas Naturals Organic Sprouted Chia Powder: UPC 858847000369; Best buy dates from 04/30/2015 through 09/05/2015
- Navitas Naturals Omega Blend Sprouted Smoothie Mix: UPC 858847000314; Best buy dates from 07/29/2015 through 09/19/2015
- Williams-Sonoma Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer: SKU 506436; Best buy dates, from 09/12/2015 through 10/02/2015
The recalled products are sold in many retail stores and online. The CDC is advising consumers who have purchased the products to not consume them and discard any remaining product or return them to the point of purchase. Those who believe that they have become ill from eating the recalled products are urged to discuss this with their healthcare provider.
For more information visit CDC.gov.
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