In early June, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced a recall that affected certain Organic Traditions and Back 2 the Garden brand products. Consumers were warned that the sprouted chia products may be contaminated with salmonella.
The recall affects Organic Traditions Chia Seed Powder, Sprouted Chi & Flax Seed Powder and Back 2 the Garden Sprouted Chia Seed Powder.
Recalled products can should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased. To date, 15 confirmed cases of salmonellosis have been reported in Ontario that were linked to the sprouted chia products.
Salmonella infections are spread by eating food contaminated by feces of an infected animal or person, or by drinking contaminated water. Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, headache, diarrhea, stomach cramps and sometimes vomiting. Symptoms can occur from 6 to 72 hours after becoming infected.
Salmonella infections can be serious in infants, young children pregnant women and older adults.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is working closely with Public Health Ontario, the CFIA, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada to further investigate these products.
If you or a loved one has become ill due to a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for damages.