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UPDATED Food Recall Warning: Various Products Containing Sprouted Chia Seed Powder Recalled Due to Salmonella

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/08/14 -- Product photos are available at http://bit.ly/1lfyCcy

The food recall warning issued on June 6, 2014 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.

BioEssential Botanicals is voluntarily recalling sprouted chia powder sold in bulk due to possible Salmonella contamination. The bulk product has been used to manufacture various products under several brand names. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

The following products have been sold nationally and through Internet sales.

Recalled products

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Firm        Brand       Product   Size  UPC       Codes
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Advantage   Organic     Sprouted  227 g 8 54260   All codes starting with
Health      Traditions  Chia Seed       00616 2   BIO13 and ending with 269
Matters                 Powder                    up to and including 365
                                                  All codes starting with
                                                  BIO14 and ending with 001
                                                  up to and including 156
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Advantage   Organic     Sprouted  454 g 8 54260   All codes starting with
Health      Traditions  Chia Seed       00546 2   BIO13 and ending with 269
Matters                 Powder                    up to and including 365
                                                  All codes starting with
                                                  BIO14 and ending with 001
                                                  up to and including 156
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Advantage   Organic     Sprouted  25 lb None      All codes starting with
Health      Traditions  Chia Seed                 BIO13 and ending with 269
Matters                 Powder                    up to and including 365
                                                  All codes starting with
                                                  BIO14 and ending with 001
                                                  up to and including 156
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Advantage   Organic     Sprouted  50 lb None      All codes starting with
Health      Traditions  Chia Seed                 BIO13 and ending with 269
Matters                 Powder                    up to and including 365
                                                  All codes starting with
                                                  BIO14 and ending with 001
                                                  up to and including 156
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Advantage   Organic     Sprouted  227 g 8 54260   All codes starting with
Health      Traditions  Chia &          00621 6   BIO13 and ending with 269
Matters                 Flax Seed                 up to and including 365
                        Powder                    All codes starting with
                                                  BIO14 and ending with 001
                                                  up to and including 156
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Advantage   Organic     Sprouted  454 g 8 54260   All codes starting with
Health      Traditions  Chia &          00547 9   BIO13 and ending with 269
Matters                 Flax Seed                 up to and including 365
                        Powder                    All codes starting with
                                                  BIO14 and ending with 001
                                                  up to and including 156
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Advantage   Organic     Sprouted  25 lb None      All codes starting with
Health      Traditions  Chia &                    BIO13 and ending with 269
Matters                 Flax Seed                 up to and including 365
                        Powder                    All codes starting with
                                                  BIO14 and ending with 001
                                                  up to and including 156
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Advantage   Organic     Sprouted  50 lb None      All codes starting with
Health      Traditions  Chia &                    BIO13 and ending with 269
Matters                 Flax Seed                 up to and including 365
                        Powder                    All codes starting with
                                                  BIO14 and ending with 001
                                                  up to and including 156
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Back 2 the  Back 2 the  Sprouted  200 g Variable  All codes starting with
Garden      Garden      Chia Seed                 BIO13 and ending with 269
                        Powder                    up to and including 365
                                                  All codes starting with
                                                  BIO14 and ending with 001
                                                  up to and including 156
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Finally     Pete's      Sprouted  400 g None      Best Before May 28 2016
Gluten Free Gluten Free Fiber
                        Blend
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Please note that the affected products listed in the table may have been sold without a code marked on the package. These products without a code would also be included in the recall.

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

--  Learn more about the health risks at:

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/information-for-consumers/fact-sheets/food-poisoning/eng/1331151916451/1331152055552

--  Sign up for recall notifications by email or follow us on Twitter at:

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/stay-connected/eng/1299856061207/1299856119191

Background

This recall was triggered by findings by the CFIA during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled products from the marketplace.

Illnesses

This recall has been issued as part of a foodborne illness outbreak investigation. There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of some of these products.

More information

--  CFIA: www.inspection.gc.ca/contactus

Contacts:
Media enquiries
613-773-6600

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