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Updated Food Recall Warning: Various Products Containing Chia Seeds or Sprouted Chia Seed Powder Recalled Due to Salmonella

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/12/14 -- Product photos are available at http://bit.ly/SOT3SY

The food recall warning issued on June 7, 2014 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Advantage Health Matters and Noorish Inc. are recalling various products containing chia seeds or sprouted chia seed powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

The following products have been sold nationally.

Recalled products


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Brand               Product       Size            UPC     Codes
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Organic Traditions  Dark Chia     Various bulk    None    All codes starting
                    Seeds         sizes                   with ASCBO13
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Organic Traditions  Sprouted Chia Various bulk    None    All codes starting
                    Seed Powder   sizes                   with BIO13 and
                                                          ending with 269 up
                                                          to and including
                                                          365
                                                          All codes starting
                                                          with BIO14 and
                                                          ending with 001 up
                                                          to and including
                                                          156
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Organic Traditions  Sprouted Chia Various bulk    None    All codes starting
                    & Flax Seed   sizes                   with BIO13 and
                    Powder                                ending with 269 up
                                                          to and including
                                                          365
                                                          All codes starting
                                                          with BIO14 and
                                                          ending with 001 up
                                                          to and including
                                                          156
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Noorish  Superfoods Chia Seeds    500 g(i)        None    All packages sold
                                                          from Noorish Inc.
                                                          at 8440-109 Street
                                                          in Edmonton, AB
                                                          from September 26,
                                                          2013 to June 11,
                                                          2014 inclusive
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(i) The affected product may have been sold in bulk at Noorish Inc. at 8440-109 Street in Edmonton, AB from September 26, 2013 to June 11, 2014 inclusive. Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected product are advised to contact their retailer.

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

- Learn more about the health risks at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/information-for-consumers/fact-sheets/food-poisoning/eng/1331151916451/1331152055552

- Sign up for recall notifications by email or follow us on Twitter at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/stay-connected/eng/1299856061207/1299856119191

Background

This recall was triggered by findings by the CFIA during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled products from the marketplace.

Illnesses

This recall has been issued as part of a foodborne illness outbreak investigation. There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of some of these products.

More information

- CFIA: www.inspection.gc.ca/contactus

Contacts:
Media enquiries
613-773-6600

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