June 5, 2014 — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that a total of 17 people who ate organic sprouted chia seed powder have been infected with strains of Salmonella.
Health authorities in Canada are also investigating 27 cases of Salmonella that may be linked to the outbreak.
The CDC has identified two outbreak strains, including Salmonella Newport (12 people) and Salmonella Hartford (5 persons) in 10 states. Two people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. The onset of illness ranges from January through May 2014, but illnesses that occurred after May 16 might not yet be reported.
The outbreak was originally traced to chia seed powder that was recalled by Navitas Naturals on May 28.
On May 30, two Canadian health food companies — Advantage Health Matters and Back 2 the Garden — issued a recall for products that contain sprouted chia seed powder due to possible Salmonella contamination.
The recalled products include:
- Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder
- Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia and Flax Seed Powder
- Back 2 the Garden Sprouted Chia Seed Powder
Chia seed powder has a long shelf life and the CDC is concerned that these products may remain in consumers’ homes. If you own a recalled product, throw it away in a sealed bag so humans and animals do not eat it.
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