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HEALTH Warns Consumers: Navitas Naturals Recalls Organic Sprouted Chia Powder Due to Possible Health Risk

Navitas Naturals is voluntarily recalling products that contain Organic Sprouted Chia Powder due to possible health risks related to Salmonella contamination.

The products were sold in Rhode Island at "A Market" on 181 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, at Green Grocer in Portsmouth, and at Whole Foods locations throughout the state. There have been no illnesses reported in Rhode Island to date.

The affected products include:

Navitas Naturals Organic Sprouted Chia Powder, 8oz, UPC 858847000369 with best buy dates from 04/30/2015 through 09/05/2015 Navitas Naturals Omega Blend Sprouted Smoothie Mix, 8oz, UPC 858847000314 with best buy dates from 07/29/2015 through 09/19/2015 Williams-Sonoma Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer, 8 oz, SKU 506436 with best buy dates from 09/12/2015 through 10/02/2015

No other Navitas Naturals products are affected by this recall.

Consumers who have purchased one of these items are urged to not eat the product, and to dispose of it or return it to the store where it was originally purchased.

Customers with questions or who would like product replacements or refunds may contact the company at 888-886-3879 between 8:00-4:30 PST, Monday through Friday.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a cluster of Salmonella Newport illnesses primarily associated with the recalled products

The CDC reports that as of May 28, 2014, 12 cases of Salmonella Newport have been reported from 7 states including Arizona (1), California (2), Connecticut (1), Massachusetts (1) New York (4), Utah (1), and Wisconsin (2). One person has been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

For more information on this ongoing investigation, please go to the website listed below: http://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm399235.htm

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses.

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Department or agency: Department of Health

Online: http://www.health.ri.gov

Release date: 05-30-2014

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