Chia Powder Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella Poisoning

CDC recalls chia powder due to possible salmonella poisoning
There is another food recall, this one for chia powder rather than beef. If you consume chia powder, you might want to check your shelves to make sure you don’t have any brands recalled due to possible salmonella poisoning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says 21 people from 12 different states have gotten sick due to consumption of chia powder, an ingredient which is often added to such foods as smoothies for its health benefits. Of the 21 people sickened, two have been hospitalized due to the illness. Nobody has died as a result of the outbreak thus far.

The following product brands have been part of the recall:

  • Green Smoothie Girl Sprouted Ground TriOmega Superfood Gold Pouch
  • Green Smoothie Girl Sprouted Ground TriOmega Superfood Silver Pouch
  • Navitas Naturals Omega Blend Sprouted Smoothie Mix
  • Navitas Naturals Organic Sprouted Chia Powder
  • Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia and Flax Seed Powder
  • Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder
  • Williams-Sonoma Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer

The products being recalled were available in a wide variety of retail outlets across the US and online. Since chia powder has a long shelf life, the CDC wants people to look in their pantries to make sure they don’t still have products which are affected by the recall.

If you do find a product, you should either throw it away (place it into a sealed plastic bag, then place in a covered trash can to prevent other people or animals from eating it), or return it to the store where you purchased it. Even if the product has been partially consumed without any harm, the rest of it should still be disposed of and not consumed assuming it’s safe. Products contaminated salmonella will usually look and smell normal, so you won’t be able to tell yourself by looking for an strange smell or the product looking spoiled.

Those who do get salmonella poisoning will usually start having abdominal cramps, diarrhea and a fever approximately 12 to 72 hours after infection. The symptoms will usually last 4 to 7 days, and most people are able to recover from it without any special medical treatment. Those who can be affected more severely and can even cause death are young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people who have weakened immune systems.

In addition to the CDC, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has also sent out a recall warning, with list of affected brands which includes Organic Traditions, Back 2 the Garden and Pete’s Gluten Free brands.

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