Recall for chia seeds leads to national warning

A voluntary recall has been issued over concerns that chia seeds shipped to Walmart stores nationwide could cause potentially fatal infections.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shared on its website Monday a recall notice for Natural Sourcing International’s Great Value Organic Black Chia Seeds due to the “potential presence” of salmonella, a bacteria that sometimes causes fatal infections in children. the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.

“Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain,” said the recall, which was originally published on Friday.

“In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can lead to the organism entering the bloodstream and causing more serious illness, such as arterial infections (i.e. infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis,” it continues.

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Black and white chia seeds are pictured in this photo taken in Bonsall, California, on November 4, 2012. Good quality chia seeds, distributed in Walmart stores nationwide, were recently recalled due to concerns about possible salmonella…

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The affected chia seeds were distributed nationwide in 32-ounce packages with an expiration date of October 30, 2026, a lot code reading “24095 C018” and a UPC code reading “078742300665.”

Although no related illnesses had been reported at the time of publication, the recall was issued “out of an abundance of caution and because consumer safety is the company’s top priority.”

Those who purchased the chia seeds are urged to throw them away, with Natural Sourcing International – which produces the item for Walmart under the Great Value label – providing replacements for those with proof of purchase.

Information about replacement products and answers to other questions about the recall are available by contacting Natural Sourcing International Customer Service by telephone at 1-818-405-9705 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday Eastern Time, or via email at customerservice@

Newsweek Monday evening, Walmart reached out to Walmart for comment via its online press contact form.

Salmonella is the most common cause of food poisoning in the US. Several potentially contaminated food products were recalled earlier this month, including additional products sold by Walmart stores.

According to the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service, symptoms of salmonella infection, also called salmonellosis, can occur between six hours and six days after consuming the contaminated food. The infection usually lasts four to seven days.

Concerns about another potentially deadly bacteria, E.coli, also resulted in the recall of approximately 16,243 pounds of raw beef sold by Walmart earlier this month.

E.coli contamination is particularly dangerous because of its ability to cause a rare type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can affect 5 to 10 percent of people infected with certain strains of the bacteria. Older adults and children under 5 years old are especially vulnerable.

The recalled beef was distributed to Walmart stores in 11 states: Connecticut, Maryland Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia, along with Washington, D.C.