June 12, 2014 — Green Smoothie Girl is voluntarily recalling two products that contain Organic Sprouted Chia Powder because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, a bacteria that can cause severe food poisoning.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a recall announcement on June 5. Company CEO Robyn Openshaw, stated:
“To date, there have been no reports of sickness traced back to our products, but we have chosen to exert the utmost level of caution in this situation to protect the health and well-being of our customers. We are, therefore, voluntarily recalling products that contain organic sprouted chia powder.”
Recalled products include:
- Green Smoothie Girl Sprouted Ground TriOmega Superfood, 16 oz, UPC 853811005036 with lot number AC030141, Exp. 1/2016 (Silver Ziplock Pouch)
- Green Smoothie Girl Sprouted Ground TriOmega Superfood, 16 oz, no UPC, with lot number BIO13TOP300, Exp. 10/2015 (Gold Ziplock Pouch)
Chia seed powder has been linked to at least 55 Salmonella infections in the United States and Canada. The recalls began in May, when Navitas Naturals recalled organic chia powder and smoothie mixes. The recall expanded in June when Health Matters America recalled Organic Traditions chia powder. At least 21 infections have been reported in the United States and 34 similar cases in Canada.
Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in children, older adults, and people with weak immune systems. Healthy people typically experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, and vomiting for 3-4 days. In rare cases, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening bacteremia (blood poisoning).
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