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Healthy foods recalled in North Carolina pose ‘serious’ infection risk

A popular health food sold in stores across the country has been pulled from the market due to the potential risk of causing a “serious” infection.

Natural Sourcing International has issued a voluntary recall of its 32 ounces. Great Value Organic Black Chia Seeds “out of an abundance of caution” due to the possible presence of salmonella in some of the products, according to a recall notice posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The affected product included in the recall has a Lot Code of 24095 C018UPC 078742300665 and expiration date October 30, 2026. The affected products were distributed to Walmart retail stores nationwide.

According to the FDA website, salmonella could cause “serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and other people with weakened immune systems.” Symptoms usually include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, but in rare circumstances more serious illnesses such as arterial infections and endocarditis can occur.

The FDA urges anyone who purchased the affected product to discard it, while Natural Sourcing International will provide a replacement upon proof of purchase. For more information about a replacement, you can call NSI customer service at 1-818-405-9705 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, or email customerservice@ organically-simple.com.

As of May 10, no illnesses have been reported as a result of consuming the product. For more information about the recall, including photos of the product, visit fda.gov.