Tahini distributed internationally contaminated with salmonella
Tahini produced in Israel and distributed to the US may be contaminated with salmonella. Achdut, Ltd., of Ariel, Israel is recalling several tahini products that were produced from April 7, 2018, to May 21, 2018. Consumers are advised not to eat any of the recalled products. Retailers and food companies that have used the contaminated tahini on other food products have been advised to recall those products as well.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has identified five people in the US who have become ill with salmonella that has the same genetic fingerprint as that found in the recalled tahini. All five of the sick people reported consuming hummus made with tahini; three people reported eating tahini or hummus made with tahini in a restaurant in the U.S., while the other two people reported consuming tahini or hummus made with tahini during international travel.
A sample of the tahini was tested as it was being imported to the US from Israel. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tested Baron’s tahini, which was manufactured by Achdut, Ltd., and found it to be positive for salmonella. They suspect cross contamination as the source of the salmonella.
The recalled tahini products include Tahini, Whole Tahini, Organic Tahini and Seasoned Tahini, produced under the brand names Achdut, Baron’s, S&F, Pepperwood, Soom, and Achva. They were packaged in 15oz, 16oz, 17.6oz, and 635 oz (428g, 454g, 500g, and 18Kg) sizes, with lot numbers 18-097 to 18-141 or with expiration dates April 7, 2020, to May 21, 2020.
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