The Food and Drug Administration has issued an urgent warning about chia seeds sold across the U.S. that may be contaminated with salmonella.

Salmonella, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a foodborne bacteria commonly found in undercooked eggs or poultry, has been found in Great Value Organic Black Chia Seeds sold at Walmart stores.

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What is Salmonella and What are the Symptoms?

Salmonella bacteria is typically found in human or animal intestines and shed through fecal matter. When humans become infected, it's most often through contaminated water or food exposure.

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It's not uncommon for someone infected with salmonella to show no symptoms of illness. Most people develop stomach cramps, fever, and diarrhea, which usually appear between eight and seventy-two hours after exposure.

Healthy people usually get better after a few days without any special treatment. One of the biggest risks is dehydration.

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If diarrhea and dehydration become severe, I.V. fluids may be needed. Salmonella can cause life-threatening complications, so seeking medical attention as soon as possible is important.

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The FDA Issues Urgent Recall of Chia Seeds Sold at Walmart

Unlike eggs and chicken, chia seeds are typically eaten raw. That means the bacteria won't be destroyed by cooking, as it often is when preparing poultry products. This adds to an increased risk of infection.

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Because of this, the FDA classified this as a Class I risk. This means there is a "high probability of serious adverse health consequences or death."

The recall applies to Great Value Organic Chia Seeds sold in 32-ounce packages in Walmart stores. The product can be identified by these lot codes and best-by dates:

  • 24095 C018 BB: October 30, 2026
  • 24096 C018 BB: October 30, 2026
  • 24092 C018 BB: October 30, 2026
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If you have these chia seeds in your pantry, throw them away immediately. If you have questions about this recall, contact Natural Sourcing International at (818) 405-9705 or email customerservice@organically-simple.com.

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