41 now sick with either Salmonella Newport or Salmonella Hartford
As of June 2, 2014, a total of 17 ill persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Newport (12 persons) or Salmonella Hartford (5 persons) have been reported from 10 states. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Arizona (1), California (2), Connecticut (2), Ohio (1), Florida (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1), New York (4), Utah (1), and Wisconsin (3).
Two ill persons have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Through a collaborative investigation with the Public Health Agency of Canada, a total of five ill persons infected with a strain of Salmonella Hartford matching an outbreak strain in Canada have been identified in five U.S. states.
These illnesses have been combined with the Salmonella Newport infections previously identified as part of this investigation.
In Canada, two strains of Salmonella have been identified associated with this outbreak: Salmonella Newport and Salmonella Hartford. In total, 24 cases have been reported in Ontario (15), British Columbia (6), Alberta (1) and Quebec (2).
Collaborative investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies indicate that organic sprouted chia powder is the likely source of this outbreak.
Chia powder is made from ground dried chia seeds.
On May 28, 2014, Navitas Naturals recalled products that contain organic sprouted chia powder due to possible Salmonella contamination.
The recalled products include Navitas Naturals Organic Sprouted Chia Powder, Navitas Naturals Omega Blend Sprouted Smoothie Mix, and Williams-Sonoma Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer with specific “best by” dates.
On May 30, 2014, Advantage Health Matters and Back 2 the Garden recalled products that contain sprouted chia seed powder due to possible Salmonella contamination.
The recalled products include Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder, Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia and Flax Seed Powder, and Back 2 the Garden Sprouted Chia Seed Powder.
CDC recommends that consumers do not eat any of the recalled products containing organic sprouted chia powder.
These products have a long shelf-life and may still be in people’s homes.
The recalled products are available for purchase in many retail stores and online.
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