OTTAWA, June 20, 2014 /CNW/ - This public health notice has been updated to include 8 additional cases
that have been added to the investigation. There are now 52 cases in
four provinces (BC, AB, ON, QC) involved in this investigation and the
Canadian Food Inspection Agency has updated the food recall warning to include additional information for chia seed products.
Why you should take note
The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with provincial
public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Health
Canada to investigate 52 Canadian cases of Salmonella infection linked to the consumption of sprouted chia seed powder.
Sprouted chia seed powder is made from ground, dried sprouted chia
As a part of this investigation, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has
issued food recall warnings for various products containing sprouted chia seeds and sprouted chia
seed powder under the brands Organic Traditions, Back 2 the Garden,
Intuitive Path SuperFoods, Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary,
Naturally Organic, Pete's Gluten Free, Noorish Superfoods, MadeGood,
and Dietary Express. These products have been recalled and are being
removed from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination.
The risk to Canadians is low, but those who have bought the recalled products sold under the recalled brands should not consume these products and
should consult their health professional if they suspect they have
symptoms of a Salmonella infection.
In Canada, four strains of Salmonella causing illness have been
associated with this outbreak: Salmonella newport, Salmonella hartford, Salmonella oranienburg, and Salmonella saintpaul. In total, 52 cases have been reported in British Columbia (13),
Alberta (10), Ontario (26) and Quebec (3). Six cases have been
hospitalized; five cases have been discharged and have recovered or are
recovering. The status of one case was not provided to the Agency. No
deaths have been reported. The investigation is ongoing but currently,
37 of 39 cases that have been interviewed have reported consumption of
chia seeds or sprouted chia seed powder. More information on the epidemiological investigation is also available.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are also investigating
similar cases of Salmonella, and have recalled sprouted chia seed powder products linked to their investigation.
The Agency routinely investigates multi-provincial gastro-intestinal
illness outbreaks, in an effort to determine if illnesses are linked to
the same source.
The Agency will update Canadians when new information becomes available.
Who is most at risk?
Anyone can become sick from salmonellosis, but infants, children,
seniors and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of
serious illness because their immune systems are less robust.
Most people who become ill from salmonellosis will recover fully after a
It is possible for some people to be infected with the bacteria and not
get sick or show any symptoms, but still be able to spread the
infection to others.
What you should do
These products have a long shelf life and may still be in people's home.
If you have these brands of dried sprouted chia seed powder products in
your home, do not eat them. Recalled products should be thrown out or
returned to the store where they were purchased. If you are unsure
about the source of your sprouted chia seed product, do not consume it.
Secure it in a plastic bag and throw it out. Then wash your hands
thoroughly in warm soapy water.
Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.
If you suspect you became ill from eating a recalled product, or another sprouted chia seed product, talk to your health care
Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, called salmonellosis, typically start 6 to 72 hours after
exposure to a contaminated product. Symptoms include:
These symptoms usually last four to seven days. In healthy people,
salmonellosis often clears up without treatment. People who experience
severe symptoms, or who have underlying medical conditions, should
contact their health care providers if they suspect they have a Salmonella infection.
What the Public Health Agency of Canada is doing
The Public Health Agency of Canada is in regular contact with its
federal and provincial partners in health, and the CDC as part of this
investigation. The Agency will work with its partners and take
appropriate action to protect Canadians if this event should escalate
and pose an increased risk to the health of Canadians.
SOURCE: Public Health Agency of Canada
For further information:
Public Health Agency of Canada