Always a step behind: chia pet seed powder sickens 9 in Canada

On May 28, 2014, Navitas Naturals issued a voluntary recall for organic sprouted chia seed powder products in the U.S.

No mention was made of sick people.

chia.seed.powderOn May 29, 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced at least 12 people were sick with Salmonella from the chia stuff.

On May 30, 2014, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Advantage Health Matters and Back 2 the Garden were recalling various products containing sprouted chia seeds due to possible Salmonella contamination, and that “this recall was triggered by findings by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (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. … There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.”


On May 31, 2014, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced that nine people were sick in three provinces, linked to chia stuff.