If you purchased Tahini paste or similar sesame-based products recently, federal regulators want you to know that several products originating from a major Israel-based sesame producer are being recalled due to concerns that they may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Archdut LTD of Ariel, Israel, is recalling tahini products sold under a multitude of brand names: Achdut, Baron’s, S&F, Pepperwood, Soom, and Achva.
The tahini products were distributed internationally and sold through retail stores and by mail order. They include tahini, whole tahini, organic tahini, and seasoned tahini products sold in 15oz, 16oz, 17.6oz, 635 oz (428g, 454g, 500g, 18Kg) containers.
The recalled tahini products display lot numbers 18-087 to 18-141 and/or have expiration dates of April to May 21, 2020.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug and Drug Administration’s Nov. 27 announcement, Archdut is collaborating with health officials to determine the cause of the Salmonella contamination. An investigation was launched after a product sample of a U.S. import tested positive for the bacteria.
So far, health officials believe the probable cause of the Salmonella problem is cross contamination. The FDA said that Archdut has eliminated the source of the contamination and has taken preventative measures.
Salmonella bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella typically experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain or cramping. In some cases, Salmonella infection can result in the pathogen entering the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.
Anyone who has purchased the recalled tahini products is urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. If you purchased the product online, such as through Amazon, you may have been notified of the recall by email.