Chia Recall Update: More Products and the Possible Cause

The chia recall that sickened over 50 people has expanded, and experts now have a theory about what caused the contamination.

The illness count for the recent chia recall is now at 65 people in the U.S. and Canada. The FDA, CDC, and Canada’s Public Health Agency have worked together to get to the cause of the salmonella outbreak. They’ve traced the chia powder to one particular farm but aren’t disclosing the farm’s name yet. What they are saying is that consumers need to watch out for anything that contains sprouted chia seeds or chia powder.

What caused the salmonella contamination?

Chia powder is made from sprouted chia seeds, and the sprouting is what officials suspect is at the heart of the chia recall. Sprouts can become easily contaminated, which is why other sprouted foods are on the no list for pregnant women. Sprouted chia seeds, apparently, carry a higher contamination risk. Just like alfalfa or mung beans sprouts.

Chia Recall: More Recalled Products

We shared a comprehensive list of recalled brands on June 11, and here are the added recalls since then:

  • Dietary Express Sprouted Chia & Flax
  • Madegood Chia and Berries Fruit & Nut Bar
  • Madegood Chia and Berries Raw Fruit & Nut Bar
  • Noorish Superfoods Chia Seeds

Recalls like this tend to keep expanding, so if you want to protect yourself from salmonella, your best bet is to read those labels. If you see sprouted chia seeds or chia powder, skip it for now.

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Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubreyabout a year ago

Thank you very, very much!

•Dietary Express Sprouted Chia & Flax
•Madegood Chia and Berries Fruit & Nut Bar
•Madegood Chia and Berries Raw Fruit & Nut Bar
•Noorish Superfoods Chia Seeds

I KNOW exactly what happened(most plausible theory). The farmer(s) used untreated sewage. Man or animal's. Or it wasn't treated to standard, making it the same as raw sewage.

Carla van der Meer
Carla van der Meerabout a year ago

Thank you.

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H.about a year ago

It seems everything is able to carry salmonella. I have not had chia so I don't know what I am missing.

Barb Hansen
Barb Hansenabout a year ago

a little salmonella goes a long way

Christine Stewart
Christine Stewartabout a year ago

Darn salmonella!

LMj Sunshine
LMj Recovering Sunshineabout a year ago

Thank you for info.

LMj Sunshine
LMj Recovering Sunshineabout a year ago

Thank you for info.

Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harperabout a year ago


Kath P.
Kath P.about a year ago

Good to know...thanks for the info

Lis T.
Elisabeth T.about a year ago

Thanks for the info.