Food Industry If you bought sprouted flax or chia seeds at Whole Foods Market recently, it may be time to do a pantry check.

Published on February 18th, 2016 | by Becky Striepe

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Flax and Chia Seed Recall (updated)

Updated 2/24/2016, 2:00pm EST

If you bought sprouted flax or chia seeds recently, it may be time to do a pantry check. This recall has been expanded and is now a national recall on Organic Traditions chia and flax seed powder.

If you bought sprouted flax or chia seeds at Whole Foods Market recently, it may be time to do a pantry check. There's a flax and chia seed recall happening now.

Images of the flax and chia seed products affected by the recall.

Whole Foods Market is expanding a recall of Organic Traditions brand sprouted flax and/or chia seeds from the company Advantage Health Matters for possible Salmonella contamination. The recall adds more products to the flax and chia seed recall issued on February 8th.

The details below are the full (original and expanded) recall information from the Whole Foods website.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Organic Traditions Sprouted Flax Seed Powder 227 g LOT:AHM626151118N
All best before dates
8 54260 00626 1
Organic Traditions Sprouted Flax Seed Powder 454 g LOT:AHM553151118N
All best before dates
8 54260 00553 0
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 227 g LOT:AHM621151211N
All best before dates
8 54260 00621 6

Here is the updated chia and flax seed powder recall information, via Food Safety News on 2/23/2016 (added here on 2/24)

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

If you do have these products at home, you can bring them back to the store for a refund.

Symptoms of Salmonella exposure include fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. Most people exposed to Salmonella will just get a little bit sick, but there are people who are more at risk from exposure. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and anyone with a compromised immune system can become seriously ill and even die.

So far, no illnesses have been reported from these products. That’s good news. The last time there was a chia powder recall, more than 50 people got sick.

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



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