August 17, 2018

Chia Powder Salmonella Outbreak Hits New York, Wisconsin Hardest

A 10-state chia powder Salmonella outbreak has hit New York and Wisconsin hardest, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least four people in New York and three in Wisconsin have been diagnosed with salmonellosis after eating the tainted chia powder. The outbreak also includes cases in Canada.
A chia powder Salmonella outbreak linked to chia powder has hit NY and WI hardChia powder, which has a nutty flavor, is considered a good source of protein, omega fats, antioxidants and dietary fiber. It can be sprinkled on cereals or salads or mixed into shakes and smoothies.

Several recalls have been issued including Navitas Naturals, and Organic Traditions. In Canada, Advantage Health Matters, Back 2 the Garden have been recalled. Consumers who have purchased any of these products should not eat them. Anyone who has eaten some of the recalled product as develops symptoms of a Salmonella infection should see a doctor.

The chia powder linked to this outbreak is contaminated with one of two strains: Salmonella Hartford and Salmonella Newport. The other states with cases  are Arizona (1), California (2), Connecticut (2), Ohio (1), Florida (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1), and Utah (1). During interviews, case patients reported onset of salmonellosis symptoms, which include fever, cramping and diarrhea, from January 21, 2014 to May 5, 2014.

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