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Update: More Brands of Chia Seed Powder Recalled; U.S. Salmonella Cases at 17, 24 in Canada

Health Matters America Inc. of Cheektowaga, NY, has voluntarily recalled is Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder and Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder due to possible Salmonella contamination.

The products included in this voluntary recall include:

ORGANIC TRADITIONS SPROUTED CHIA SEED POWDER Lot numbers BIO13SBCS275, BIO13SBCS290, BIO14SBCS290, BIO13SBCS310, BIO13SBCS330, BIO13SBCS353, BIO13SBCS364; NET WT. 8 oz. UPC 854260006162, and NET WT. 16 oz. UPC 854260005462; and cartons containing 50 LB. bulk bags;

ORGANIC TRADITIONS SPROUTED CHIA & FLAX SEED POWDER Lot numbers BIO13SFCB273, BIO13SFCB288, BIO13SFCB305, BIO13SFCB310, BIO13SFCB345, BIO13SFCB350; NET WT. 8 oz. UPC 854260006216, and NET WT. 16 oz. UPC 854260005479; and cartons containing 50 LB. bulk bags.

Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia seed powder and Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax seed powder were sold to distributors, retailers, and through Internet sales in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

No other Organic Traditions products are affected by this recall.

Consumers who have purchased any of these products with the above-stated lot numbers are asked not to consume the product and discard it or return the product to the original point of purchase.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-343-3278, ext. 730, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT.

Following is the previously posted recall and illness information related to powdered sprouted chia seeds in the U.S. and Canada:

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has updated its recall warning issued May 30 regarding sprouted chia seed powder to include additional product information identified during its food safety investigation.

The May 30 warning came after Advantage Health Matters and Back 2 the Garden announced they were recalling various products containing dried sprouted organic chia seed powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Nine cases of Salmonella infection linked to consumption of the powder had earlier been identified in three provinces. The Salmonella strains identified as associated with this Canadian outbreak include S. Newport and S. Hartford.

According to a Wednesday news report from Toronto, there were 15 confirmed cases of Salmonellosis in Ontario linked to the investigation into sprouted chia products. The nine Canadian cases previously identified were reportedly from British Columbia (6), Alberta (1) and Quebec (2).

As of June 2, 17 people from 10 U.S. states been sickened with Salmonella infections linked to the recalled chia seed powder, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC notes that 12 of those 17 were infected with a strain of S. Newport and five with a strain of S. Hartford, two of the 17 have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

The outbreak strain of S. Hartford in five U.S. cases matches the outbreak strain in Canada, CDC added.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

CFIA stated June 3 that the following products have been sold in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Quebec and through Internet sales. Consumers are warned not to consume them but to throw them out or return them to the store where they were purchased.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Intuitive Path SuperFoods Black Sprouted Chia Seeds Certified Organic 227 g Best Before: Dec 31/14, Jan 1/16, 05/16 None
Intuitive Path SuperFoods Black Sprouted Chia Seeds Certified Organic 454 g Best Before:Jan 1/16, 05/16 None
Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary Chia Seed Sprouted and Ground (Salvia hispanica) Organic 227 g 0290
BEST BEFORE
2016/05
1 37101 61797 1
Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary Chia Seed Sprouted and Ground (Salvia hispanica) Organic 454 g 0290
BEST BEFORE
2016/05
1 37101 62797 0
Naturallyorganic Organic sprouted chia seeds cold milled 250 g B1013SBC310 0 83747 00342 8
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  • FoodSci

    I often wonder where all the feverent organic commenters are when things like this happen. If it was Kraft or ConAgra they’d be all over it like salmonella on organic chia seed. But as long as it’s not Big Ag, it seems to get a pass. Food safety people: Learn it. Know it. Live it.

    • gfink2

      Well, I can always be sure to find some smarmy skeptic running hard to get to a comments section where they can talk down about that funny food they were always afraid to try :) hi there. And meanwhile this is a recall on powdered chia seed, which is a processed food. Processed foods usually share machines and that’s where this type of contamination is most likely to come from. None of these reports have said anything about intact chia seeds, so it ain’t the chia itself.