Chia Seeds Recalled as FDA Issues Highest Risk Level

By: David Donovan | Published: Jul 05, 2024

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States has given the batches of chia seeds that were recalled the highest risk classification.

Natural Sourcing International’s Great Value Organic Black Chia Seeds have been recalled because they may have salmonella. 

Food Poisoning Incidence

Salmonella is one of the most common food poisonings in the country. 

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Walmart stores in 12 states sold the product in 32 oz packages.

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Class I

The FDA has now assigned the items a risk level of Class I. 

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When there is a “reasonable probability” that the use of a product or exposure to it could “cause serious adverse health consequences or death,” a Class I recall—the highest risk level—is issued.

Earlier Recall

The FDA classified the products on June 28 after they were first recalled on May 10 of this year.

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The recall affects the following lot codes and best-by dates: 24095 C018 BB: 30-Oct-2026/24096 C018 BB: 30/10/2026/24092 C018 BB: 30 October 2026 

Identifiable Features

The items’ purple, green, and white design features a wooden spoon and a picture of chia seeds.

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Only stores in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin carried the affected items.

Salmonella Symptoms

Salmonella infections typically present with fever, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and headaches and can last anywhere from six hours to six days. 

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Although infections typically cause mild symptoms, most people recover without the need for treatment within a few days.

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Vulnerable Patients

Although salmonella poisoning rarely results in death, it can occasionally pose a greater threat to patients more vulnerable patients. 

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Salmonella can enter the bloodstream and cause severe health conditions like arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis, which may necessitate hospitalization. 

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Those at Risk

People under the age of one, over the age of 65, or with a weaker immune system are particularly at risk.

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Recently, there have been a number of recalls linked to possible salmonella contamination. 

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National Issue

Untreated canal water has been linked to one salmonella outbreak in cucumber products.

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Just under 450 people in 31 states in the United States reported falling ill earlier this year, with 125 of them being hospitalized.

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Other Products

This week, salmonella was found in batches of macadamia nuts sold in New York. 

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It was also discovered in a line of chocolate products sold in nine other states.

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Salmonella Incidence

More than a million people in the United States contract salmonella annually, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

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Natural Sourcing International can be reached by phone at 1-818-405-9705 (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST) or via email at [email protected] for inquiries regarding the chia seed products’ recall.

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Company Statement

Back in May, the company had issued the recall despite no related illnesses having been reported due to “an abundance of caution and because consumer safety is the company’s highest priority,” according to their statement.

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The chia seeds that are produced under the Great Value label for Walmart should be thrown away.

Replacements can be made for those who provide proof of purchase.

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