Navitas Naturals Chia Powder Drink Mix Recalled May 29, 2014 — Navitas Naturals has voluntarily recalled drink mixes that contain Organic Sprouted Chia Powder because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, a microorganism that can cause food poisoning.

Navitas has based in Novato, California since 2004. Health officials with the California Department of Health are warning consumers not to eat these products. Consumers should throw them away or return them to the store for a refund.

As of May 27, at least 12 people have been infected with the same rare strain of Salmonella, and one person was hospitalized. “Interviews conducted with case patients suggest that chia powder may be the source of the illness cluster,” according to local health department officials.

Products affected by the recall include:

  • Navitas Naturals Organic Sprouted Chia Powder, 8oz, UPC 858847000369 with best buy dates from 04/30/2015 through 09/05/2015
  • Navitas Naturals Omega Blend Sprouted Smoothie Mix, 8oz, UPC 858847000314 with best buy dates from 07/29/2015 through 09/19/2015
  • Williams-Sonoma Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer, 8 oz, SKU 506436 with best buy dates from 09/12/2015 through 10/02/2015

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include fever, abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Although most healthy adults recover without serious illness, infection can be life-threatening if the Salmonella bacteria invades the bloodstream. This risk is especially high for children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.

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