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FDA Recalls Donated Chia Seeds

The US Food and Drug Administration is recalling chia seeds given to food banks and pantries across Oregon. The FDA said the chia seeds could be contaminated with rodent droppings.

Posted: Mar 13, 2018 6:32 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.-- The US Food and Drug Administration is recalling chia seeds given to food banks and pantries across Oregon. The FDA said the chia seeds could be contaminated with rodent droppings. The ACCESS warehouse is just one food bank in Oregon dealing with this chia seed recall.

“We've since reached out to our local food pantries to see if there are still chia seeds left on the shelves and then sent out to clients. We've identified which clients received it and made follow up phone calls as wide spread as possible," said ACCESS Nutrition Programs Director Philip Yates.

The FDA said donated bags of chia seeds distributed between November 2017 and March 9th, 2018 could have rodent droppings inside. Yates said ACCESS got about 12 cases of chia seeds, each case had 10 bags inside.

"I would say probably no more than half went out during that period of time and so there would be probably about 6 cases, about 60 bags," said Yates.

NewsWatch 12 has reached out to other food banks in our area.

The Klamath Falls foodbank said they have some tainted seeds. The Josephine County food bank said it received 39 cases of tainted seeds. It has 17 remaining, which they say will be returned.

If you may have gotten any chia seeds, destroy them immediately.

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