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2014 Salmonella Newport, Hartford and Oranienburg Linked to Chia Powder

On June 2, 2014 the CDC announced an outbreak of Salmonella linked to Organic Sprouted Chia Powder. The outbreak was declared over on August 13, 2014. There were a total of 31 outbreak associated cases. Twenty persons were infected with Salmonella Newport. Seven persons were infected with Salmonella Hartford and four persons were infected with Salmonella Oranienburg. Patients resided in 16 states. Five ill persons were hospitalized. No deaths were reported. Illness onsets ranged from January 21, 2014 to July 22, 2014. Product testing of a sample of leftover Navitas Naturals Organic Sprouted Chia Powder collected from an ill person's home in Connecticut isolated the outbreak strains of Salmonella Newport and Salmonella Hartford, and an additional serotype, Salmonella Oranienburg. Navitas Naturals of Novato, California issued a recall of several products including Navitas Naturals Organic Sprouted Chia Powder, Navitas Naturals Omega Blend Sprouted Smoothie Mix, and Williams-Sonoma Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer. This outbreak coincided with an outbreak occurring in Canada of Salmonella also linked to chia powder.

  • Outbreak began:
  • January 2014
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California, Arizona, New York, Wisconsin, Utah, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Chia powder
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Newport: JJPX01.1645; Oranienburg: JJX01.0027
  • Location(s):
  • Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Navitas Naturals Organic Sprouted Chia Powder, Navitas naturals Omega Blend Sprouted Smoothie Mix, Williams-Sonoma Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer
  • Total ill:
  • 31
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 31
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 5
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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