Posted February 23, 2016

Flax Seed and Chia Powders Recalled

On February 20, 2016, HEALTH MATTERS AMERICA INC., issued a recall of specific lots of Organic Traditions Sprouted Flax Seed Powder and Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Salmonella infection can produce fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), 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 such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled products, which were sold in flexible plastic bags and distributed nationwide, can be identified by the following:

  • Organic traditions SPROUTED FLAX SEED POWDER , NET WT. 8 oz./227g, UPC barcode 854260006261; Lots AHM626151103 Exp. 09/2017, AHM626151229 Exp.10/2017
  • Organic traditions SPROUTED CHIA & FLAX SEED POWDER, NET WT. 8 oz./227g; UPC barcode 854260006216; Lots AHM621151217 Exp. 10/2017; AHM621151229 Exp. 10/2017
  • Organic traditions SPROUTED CHIA & FLAX SEED POWDER, NET WT. 16oz./454g bag, UPC barcode 854260005479; Lot AHM547151217 Exp. 10/2017

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to not consumer them, and to dispose of them or return them to the store where they were originally purchased.

HEALTH MATTERS recalled similar products in June 2014 due to risk of Salmonella contamination.

See the Review of Flaxseed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Oil, and Black Currant Oil Supplements for more information about flax seed and the Review of Nutrition Bars for tests of other products that contain chia seed.

See Related Warnings:

Chia Seed Recall Expanded

More Chia Powders Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

Chia Powders and Smoothies Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

For more information about this recall, use the link below.