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2014 Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Chia Seed Powder, Canada

Four strains of Salmonella - Newport, Hartford, Oranienburg, and Saintpaul were linked to illnesses in residents of four provinces in Canada in 2014. In total 52 cases were identified - 13 in British Columbia, 10 in Alberta, 26 in Ontario and 3 in Quebec. Six patients were hospitalized. There were no deaths reported. Dates of onset ranged from mid-December 2013 through early May 2014. Twenty six of 26 cases that were interviewed reported consumption of sprouted chia seed powder.

  • Outbreak began:
  • December 2013
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Not Applicable
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Chia seeds
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Advantage Health Matters, Back 2 the Garden, Organic Traditions, Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary, Intuitive Path SuperFoods, Naturallyorganic
  • Total ill:
  • 52
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 52
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 6
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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