Salmonella Warning Issued for Products from Novato Company

May 29, 2014 13:14 pm · 13 comments

The California Department of Public Health is warning the public not to eat three products from a Novato-based company that may be contaminated with salmonella.

The warning includes Navitas Naturals products including Navitas Naturals Organic Sprouted Chia Powder, Navitas Naturals Omega Blend Sprouted Smoothie Mix and Williams-Sonoma Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer.

As of Tuesday, 12 patients infected with the same strain of salmonella have been reported in the U.S., according to the CDPH.

Two of the patients are from Southern California and a patient in another state has been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Interviews conducted with patients suggest chia powder may be the source of the illness cluster, according to the CDPH.

Novato-based Navitas Naturals has initiated a voluntary recall of the products due to the potential salmonella contamination.

The recall includes Navitas Naturals Organic Sprouted Chia Powder with “Best Buy Dates” April 30, 2015 to Sept. 5, 2015, Navitas Naturals Omega Blend Sprouted Smoothie Mix with dates July 29, 2015 to Sept. 19, 2015, and Williams-Sonoma Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer with dates Sept. 12, 2015 to Oct. 2, 2015.

The CDPH is asking consumers in possession of these products to discard them or return them to where they purchased them for a refund.

Symptoms of salmonella infection include fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea, which may be bloody.

Most infected people recover within a week, but some people may develop complications that require hospitalization.

Infants, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are at the highest risk for more severe illness, according to the CDPH.

1 Haha@RichPeople May 29, 2014 at 1:25 PM

“Williams-Sonoma Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer” sounds like something for people who are too insecure to just buy from any ol’ supermarket. Mix it up in your pompous Vitamix thinking you are immune to Salmonella because you are rich and you spent 3x as much for it. Lol.

2 funny man May 29, 2014 at 1:31 PM

nuthin good ever came outta Novato

3 Yum May 29, 2014 at 1:56 PM

I think I’d rather go eat an old shoe.

4 Elwood May 29, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Eat natural!

Salmonella’s natural ain’t it?

5 @#1 May 29, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Sounds like you’re pretty bitter about not being more successful in life. (No, I’m not “rich” either. Not mad at other people for being more successful though)

6 Suzies May 29, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Salmonella is really nothing to joke around with, thank you for this post. I enjoy my natural foods, at least I know what not to eat.

7 Beacon May 29, 2014 at 5:18 PM

That health food ‘ll kill ya. But a hamburger will kill you quicker.

8 Elwood May 29, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Re: salmonella

The first day you’re afraid you’re going to die.

The second day you’re afraid you won’t die.

Clears up after about a week.

9 Atticus Thraxx May 29, 2014 at 5:33 PM

I recognize the words individually but I have no idea what these products are. Not even gonna go look in the cupboard.

10 Connie Dobbs May 29, 2014 at 5:40 PM

What? It’s organic.

11 Jose May 29, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Don’t forget Foster Farms, they are legally selling chicken contaminated with Salmonella. Heath department will not stop them.

12 Dr. Jellyfinger® May 29, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Bloody diarrhea? Ewwwww!

13 Dennis May 29, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Ever since I was a kid (half a century ago), I have known that chicken and turkey have over a 50% probability of Salmonella infection. Result: make sure it is not undercooked. End of problem.

I mean, seriously, people! Chickens and turkeys eat their own feces.

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