October 15, 2021

Salmonella Outbreak Update: More Achdut Tahini Recalled

Actdut of Ariel, Israel is recalling more tahini products that are linked to a Salmonella outbreak in the U.S. All packages and sizes of tahini that were produced on the dates of April 7 through May 21, 2018 are being recalled because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. the tahini was distributed internationally through retail stores and mail order.

The recalled products are┬áTahini, Whole Tahini, Organic Tahini, and Seasoned Tahini. The container sizes of these recalled products are: 15 ounce, 16 ounce, 17.6 ounce, 635 ounce (428 g, 454 g, 500 g, 18K g), with lot numbers 18-097 to 18-141 or with expiration dates April 7th to May 21st 2020. The Baron’s brand that is recalled has the expiration date of 5/5/2021. ┬áThe brand names of the products are: Achdut, Baron’s, S&F, Pepperwood, Soom, and Achva.

The outbreak strain of Salmonella that has sickened at least five people in the U.S. was found in an import sample of Achdut tahini. Achdut is collaborating with health officials on this outbreak. Some of the brands may have no specific date or may have labels written in Hebrew. If you aren’t sure whether or not you have purchased any Achdut tahini that is part of this recall, just throw it away.

Salmonella Tahini

The symptoms of a Salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal and stomach pains. People usually start feeling sick a few hours to a few days after exposure to the pathogen.

While most people recover on their own after this infection, some do become sick enough to be hospitalized. In this outbreak, there have been no hospitalizations. The people who are sick in this outbreak live in Hawaii, Michigan, and New York.

Public health officials have interviewed all five patients in this outbreak. All five said they ate hummus made with tahini, which is a sesame paste, before they got sick. Three of the patients said they ate tahini or hummus made with tahini at a restaurant. The other two ate it during international travel.

If you purchased any of the recalled tahini, do not eat it. Throw it away in a wrapped package, or take it back to the place of purchase for a refund.


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