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Chia Powder Linked To Salmonella Illnesses

WASHINGTON (CBSMiami/AP) — Health officials are warning consumers of chia powder which has been linked to salmonella illnesses.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday issued a warning to consumers who may eat chia powder, made from ground dried chia seeds and often added to smoothies and other foods for its health benefits.

Some of the recalled brands are Organic Traditions, Green Smoothie Girl, Navitas Naturals and Williams-Sonoma.

Twenty-one people in 12 states including Florida, were sickened with salmonella linked to the chia powder, the CDC said.

Other states which reported illnesses include Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

Canada is also investigating similar illnesses.

The CDC said chia powder can have a long shelf life, so people should check to see if they have the recalled products in their homes.

Two people have been hospitalized in the outbreak. Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.

Click here for more information on the recalled items.

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