June 16, 2014 — At least 65 cases of Salmonella food poisoning have been linked to sprouted chia seed powder in the United States and Candada.
Health authorities in Canada are investigating dozens of cases of Salmonella linked to the consumption of sprouted chia seed powder:
“44 cases have been reported in British Columbia (10), Alberta (5), Ontario (26) and Quebec (3). Six cases have been hospitalized; five cases have been discharged and have recovered or are recovering.”
The U.S. Centers for DIsease Control (CDC) has reported 21 cases of Salmonella infection as of June 9. The illnesses occurred in 12 states and two people were hospitalized.
The CDC has also provided a list of recalled products. The recalls began in May, when Navitas Naturals recalled Organic Sprouted Chia Powder and smoothie mixes. In June, Health Matters America recalled Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder. One day later, Green Smoothie Girl recalled Sprouted TriOmega Superfood.
Last month, raw clover sprouts were linked to an outbreak of E. coli that sickened 17 people. Health departments in Washington and Idaho traced the outbreak to several sandwich shops that served raw sprouts.
Sprouts are a recurrent source of food poisoning because bacteria thrive in warm, humid environment that is necessary for seeds to sprout. Another problem is that sprouts are often eaten raw or dried.
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