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Chia Powder Linked to 21 Illnesses in U.S.

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Tina Robinson3 years ago

Officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 21 cases of salmonella poisoning in the U.S. have been linked to tainted chia seed poweder, according to the Chicago Tribune.

About the Chia Seed Salmonella Outbreak

The CDC has linked 21 cases of salmonella poisoning to chia seed powder across the U.S. recently. An additional 34 cases have been recorded in Canada. Multiple brands have recalled chia seed powder products including Navitas Naturals, Williams-Sonoma Inc., Green Smoothie Girl, and Health Matters America.

Chia seed powder has gained popularity as of late because its nutritional value. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and commonly put in smoothies and snack foods. The CDC notes that because chia seed powder has a long shelf life and small serving size, many people could get sick without realizing it.

In May, an investigation into 11 salmonella outbreaks was launched by state and federal investigators. It is unknown exactly how the powder became contaminated with salmonella, but the CDC says that sprouted chia seeds have been known to conduct both salmonella and E. coli.

Salmonella Facts

The following information about salmonella is provided by the CDC.

  • Roughly 1.2 million people in the U.S. are sickened by salmonella each year; most cases are mild and go unreported.
  • An estimated 23,000 people with salmonella poisoning require hospitalization and 450 people die.
  • Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps that can last for 12 to 72 hours.
  • Salmonella bacteria cause an illness known as Salmonellosis that can last for four to seven days. 


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