RECALL ALERT: Georgia issues recall of Sprouted Chia, Flax seed powders

Due to a public health risk from Salmonella, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is issuing a recall of specific lots of Organic Traditions Sprouted Flax Seed Powder and Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder due to contamination concerns. According to the release sent by Julia McPeake, Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea that is often bloody, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in more severe illnesses. As of right now no illness have been reported.

These products were distributed nationwide in flexible plastic bags. Here is the complete recall product information:

  • Organic traditions SPROUTED FLAX SEED POWDER, NET WT. 8 oz./227g, UPC barcode 854260006261; Lots AHM626151103 Exp. 09/2017, AHM626151229 Exp.10/2017 (lot number located near UPC barcode on back of bag);
  • Organic traditions SPROUTED CHIA & FLAX SEED POWDER, NET WT. 8 oz./227g; UPC barcode 854260006216; Lots AHM621151217 Exp. 10/2017; AHM621151229 Exp. 10/2017 (lot number located near UPC barcode on back of bag);
  • Organic traditions SPROUTED CHIA & FLAX SEED POWDER, NET WT. 16oz./454g bag, UPC barcode 854260005479; Lot AHM547151217 Exp. 10/2017 (lot number located near UPC barcode on the back of bag).

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) did random samples testing from retail stores in Canada and the results turned up positive for Salmonella. CFIA notified the supplier, Health Matters America, and they stopped packing and distributing the affected products. An investigation is underway with the FDA, CFIA and Health Matters America.

Consumers who purchased the affected products should return them to place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-343-3278, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by e-mail: orders@healthmattersamerica.com.

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