Chia powder linked to salmonella illnesses

Navitas Naturals and Organic Traditions are among several brands that have issued recalls for their chia powder after a recent salmonella outbreak, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning consumers about salmonella illnesses linked to several recalled brands of chia powder.

The CDC says 21 people in 12 states, including California, have been sickened with salmonella linked to chia powder, which is often added to smoothies or other foods for its health benefits. Two people were hospitalized in the outbreak.

Some of the recalled brands are Organic Traditions, Green Smoothie Girl, Navitas Naturals and Williams-Sonoma.

Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.

The Navitas Naturals recalled products include: Navitas Naturals Organic Sprouted Chia Powder, Navitas Naturals Omega Blend Sprouted Smoothie Mix, and Williams-Sonoma Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer.

Green Smoothie Girl recalled products include: Sprouted Ground TriOmega Superfood (silver pouch) and Sprouted Ground TriOmega Superfood (gold pouch).

Health Matters America, Inc.'s recalled products include: Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder and Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia and Flax Seed Powder.

For more information on the different chia powder recalls, visit the CDC's website.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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