As of July 14, 2014, a total of 25 ill persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Newport (16 persons), Salmonella Hartford (7 persons), or Salmonella Oranienburg (2 persons) have been reported from 14 states, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update this week.
Three ill persons have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Since the last update on June 11, 2014, 4 additional ill persons have been reported from New York (1), Rhode Island (1), and Texas (2).
Epidemiologic and traceback findings have linked this outbreak of Salmonella infections to various brands of organic sprouted chia powder. Sprouted chia powder is made from chia seeds that are sprouted, dried, and ground.
As a result of this investigation, several recalls of products containing organic sprouted chia powder and chia seeds have been issued. CDC recommends that consumers do not eat any of the recalled products containing organic sprouted chia powder or chia seeds.
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