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Walmart Product Recall Upgraded To Class I By FDA For Chia Seed Products

Someone wraps their hands around a bowl of food garnished by chia seeds. A spoon is also placed near the bowl

Chia seeds can be a yummy addition to lots of baked goods. That said, you’ll want to make sure that the chia seeds you have in your cabinet aren’t apart of this recall list. The announcement of this recall was first shared by the FDA on May 13. Since then, however, they’ve upgraded the recall to “Class I” — this is the highest risk level according to the FDA’s scale. But what does that mean?

According to the FDA’s website, a “Class I” recall is “a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of, or exposure to, a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.” In this case, the hazard stems from the potential presence of Salmonella.

Someone holds a small class of a fruity treat with chia seeds
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The impacted products are made by Walmart’s Great Value Brand: Organic Black Chia Seeds 32 oz. more specifically. That being said, just because you have a bag of these chia seeds doesn’t necessarily mean you need to be concerned. Only those with lot numbers ending in “C018” and expiration dates of Oct. 30, 2026 are on this recall list. If you have these products, it’s important to dispose of them. A refund is available with proof of purchase.

Chia Seed Recall Upgraded to Class I by FDA — Here is What to Look Out For

“While no adverse events associated with the products have been reported to date, products are being recalled out of an abundance of caution and because consumer safety is the company’s highest priority,” a release from May reads.

Still, it’s important to be on the lookout for potential symptoms. This can include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Fever
  • Vomiting

While most people recover on their own after a few days, dehydration can be possible if symptoms are particularly intense or last longer than normal. Stay safe, everyone!

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