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Salmonella chia seed outbreak ‘over’

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By Joe Whitworth+

14-Aug-2014
Last updated on 14-Aug-2014 at 10:16 GMT

One of the products affected by the recall
One of the products affected by the recall

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have said an outbreak of Salmonella from chia seeds that sickened 94 people is over.

CDC said 31 people infected with Salmonella Newport (20 people), Salmonella Hartford (seven people) or Salmonella Oranienburg (four people) were reported from 16 states.

The agency said five ill people were hospitalized but no deaths were reported.

PHAC reported four additional cases in British Columbia (1), Ontario (2) and Quebec (1) to make the total 63 but said these were not recent as the individuals became ill in June.

Four strains were associated with the outbreak: Salmonella Newport, Salmonella Hartford, Salmonella Oranienburg and Salmonella Saintpaul.

The cases were reported in British Columbia (14), Alberta (10), Ontario (35) and Quebec (4).

Twelve were hospitalized; nine were discharged and have recovered or are recovering and no deaths were reported.

Sprouted chia seed powder is made from dried, ground, sprouted chia seeds.

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