Walmart Just Recalled a Great Value Health Food Distributed Nationwide

Updated: May 14, 2024

A superfood like this, which is often added to smoothies and bowls, is rarely recalled. However the retailer reveals an essential food safety concern.

Eating organic and choosing healthier ingredients can be important, but let’s face it; the better choice is often more expensive. That’s likely why some people turn to Walmart, whose Great Value Organic products are typically just as good as the well-known brands but significantly cheaper. If you’re a fan of Great Value’s Organic line you need to check your pantry for a product that is urgently being recalled due to the potential presence of dangerous bacteria. 

On May 13, 2024, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) sent an alert that Great Value Organic Black Chia Seeds sold nationwide at Walmart locations are being recalled. The chia seeds have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. Natural Sourcing International, the company that produces the chia seeds for Walmart, has issued a voluntary recall. The alert doesn’t mention how the potential contamination was discovered but states that it was initiated “out of an abundance of caution” to protect customers. It also notes that no injuries or illnesses have been reported to date. 

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The products in question are all 32-ounce Great Value Organic Black Chia Seeds packages expiring October 30, 2026, with the lot code 24095 C018 and the UPC 078742300665. They were sold at these Walmart locations. Packages of the product cost about $9 online. The lot number is printed on the bottom of the package’s back panel. People who have purchased the affected product should throw it away but maintain proof of purchase to request a replacement. To obtain a replacement or to have any additional questions answered, contact Natural Sourcing International at 1-818-405-9705 Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST, or via email at [email protected].

Salmonella is often associated with chicken and eggs, and proper cooking can kill the organism. However, chia seeds are often eaten raw as chia seed pudding or in overnight oats, potentially allowing the bacteria to thrive to levels that will make a person sick. If you have eaten the affected product, be alert for symptoms like fever, stomach pains, and diarrhea that can start several hours to a few days after exposure. Be sure to contact a healthcare provider if your symptoms are concerning or if you have a compromised immune system.