Salmonella warning issued for drink mixes by Bay Area company

Novato-based Navitas Naturals initiates voluntary recall for impacted products

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.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Peter Kluget
a resident of Danville
on May 30, 2014 at 8:16 am

Looks like it's time for a trip on the Wayback machine, kids! Last time a recall like this was announced (way back in March) it was a Central California company with a Hispanic name, remember? And these were the comments posted by our local deep thinkers:

Ann samuelson
Hello? Why would anyone buy a product related to a third world culture?

Julia Pardini
@Ann - very smart observation. I agree.

I totally agree with the posters who call it the way it is----dirty hiring----dirty products

Greg Mcdougall
Most likely a Mexican company that doesn't practice "diversity" in hiring nor basic cleanliness standards of THIS country.

So here we have a nice, non-Hispanic company with a food recall. What do you suppose the comments of the deep thinkers will be this time?

Oh, and lest you jump to the wrong conclusion, I can assure you, Ann, Julia, Dale and Greg will blast you for any suggestion that they are even the tiniest bit racist. No. They're not racist for making the comments they made - only "realistic." If you suggest otherwise, you're the bad guy. Because you would have "played the race card" by even suggesting that they might be demonstrating even the slightest bit of prejudice.

Because racism is dead in America. Didn't you know that?

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Posted by J. Lister
a resident of Danville
on May 30, 2014 at 9:42 am

Yeah sure, PK, but don't you know that Mexican bacteria are Far worse -- they wear sombreros and bandoliers -- but no steenkin' badges. And most of 'em are here illegally! They're taking good hard-working American infections. No, give me good red-white-and-true-blue American, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, any old day.

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