May 20, 2019

Chia Powder Salmonella Outbreak Expands, 21 in 12 States Now Sick

Chia powder Salmonella outbreak sickens 21The Salmonella outbreak linked to chia powder has expanded to include 21 people in 12 states and a third strain of bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Two people have been hospitalized.  In Canada, 34 cases of salmonellosis have also been linked to chia powder.

Recalls of chia powder products sold under the brand names Navitas, Green Smoothie Girl, Williams Sonoma, Organic Traditions, Back 2 the Garden and Pete’s Gluten Free have been issued in the U.S. and Canada. Check this site for posts with detailed information about recalled products.

If a chia powder product you have purchased is part of the recall, do not use it.Consumers who have purchased these products should not use them.
The 21 illnesses in the U.S. have been caused by chia powder tainted with three strains:  Salmonella Newport, 13 cases;  Salmonella Hartford, six cases and Salmonella Oranienburg, two cases.

By state the case count is as follows: Arizona (1), California (3), Colorado (1), Connecticut (3), Florida (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1), New York (4), Ohio (1), Utah (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (3).

Case patients, who range in age from 1 year to 81 years old,  reported onset of illnesses dates ranging from January 21, 2014 to May 21, 2014.  Sixty-two percent of those sickened are female. The median age is 49.

See a doctor if you have eaten the chia powder and developed symptoms of Salmonella poisoning which include vomiting, fever, abdominal cramping and diarrhea that can be bloody. Make sure to mention your possible exposure.



  1. Just curious, does this at all include Chia seeds, or just powder?

    • Linda Larsen says:

      You have to look for the specific products recalled, with certain lot numbers and UPC numbers. We’re going to do a round-up of recalls this weekend so they’re all in one place.

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