Canada Updates Recall for Alwatania brand Liquid Tahina Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

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Canada Updates Recall for Alwatania brand Liquid Tahina Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

            The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued an updated recall for Alwatania brand Liquid Tahina due to potential Salmonella contamination. The Alwatania brand Liquid Tahina was originally recalled after the CFIA found traces of Salmonella bacteria during routine food safety testing. Parent company Migahid & Elsawi Co. Ltd. has issued a recall for the following products:

Alwatania (Arabic characters only) 350g UPC: 6 224007 246221

Alwatania (Arabic characters only) 750g UPC: 6 224007 246191

Alwatania 18kg UPC: none

All products are Liquid Tahina with PRO date 20/05/2019 and EXP date 19/05/2021.

            As of October 15, 2020, no illnesses have been reported due to the contaminated liquid tahina. Consumers with any questions regarding the outbreak can contact the CFIA toll-free at  1-800-442-2342 or by emailing  [email protected]. The CFIA is currently conducting an investigation to determine the source of the outbreak and if any other products are potentially contaminated.

            According to the CDCsalmonellosis, the infection caused by Salmonella contamination, symptoms may begin as early as 6 hours and as late as 6 days after consumption, and the illness typically lasts 4-7 days. Symptoms of Salmonella contamination typically present as typical food poisoning symptoms: diarrhea, which may be bloody, fever, and stomach cramps, though some patients have reported symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and headaches. Medical treatment may be necessary for Salmonella contamination in cases with dehydration or a fever of more than 102 degrees Fahrenheit.  

            People with compromised immune systems, such as the elderly, children, and those with weakened immune systems, are at an increased risk for a severe Salmonella infection, such as bloodstream infection. According to Dr. Tony Coveny, a national salmonella lawyer, “Consumers experiencing extreme symptoms of Salmonella poisoning should contact their physician and request a stool sample,” so as to address potential life long side-effects, such as post infectious irritable bowel syndrome or post infectious reactive arthritis.

https://www.inspection.gc.ca/food-recall-warnings-and-allergy-alerts/2020-10-15/eng/1602808427999/1602808433919

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