Superfood Protein Medley Recalled for Chia Seed Salmonella

July 2, 2014 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled Oriya Organics Superfood Protein Medley, which contains organic sprouted chia seed powder, due to the risk of food poisoning from Salmonella.

Products affected by the recall:

  • Oriya Organics Superfood Protein Medley: 21.2 oz, UPC Code:85370100401, with Lot #: A14314 and an expiration date of 05/23/2015. Lot codes and expiration dates are located on the bottom of the container.

The outbreak has been ongoing since January. Canadian and American health authorities are investigating at least 65 illnesses linked to organic sprouted chia seed powder, and over a dozen products have been recalled from three manufacturers.

The problem is that chia seeds need warm, wet conditions to sprout. The Salmonella bacteria thrives under these same conditions. It is not destroyed when the seeds are dried and ground into a powder. Another problem is that chia seed powder is typically consumed raw.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause severe, life-threatening infections in young children, older adults, and people with weak immune systems. Symptoms typically include fever, diarrhea (may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare cases, the infection can spread to the bloodstream and produce severe complications, such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms).

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