September 30, 2016

Salmonella Outbreak in 2013 Linked to Tahini Sesame Paste

A Salmonella outbreak linked to tahini (sesame paste) in 2013 sickened 16 people in 9 states. There were two outbreaks strains of Salmonella: Salmonella Montevideo and Salmonella Mbandaka. One person was hospitalized and died, although the Salmonella infection wasn't considered a contributing factor in that person's death. Tahini is used to make hummus, or a spread made of pureed chickpeas, and is usually not cooked before eating. Attorney Fred Pritzker, who represents people sickened in food poisoning outbreaks, said, "People who purchase products that are ready to eat should not be sickened by pathogenic bacteria. It's the responsibility of the producer, the importer, and stores that sell this product to make sure foods are safe and wholesome." Traceback investigations … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak From Tahini Paste Sickened 16

A Salmonella outbreak linked to tahini sesame paste that sickened 16 people, killing one of them, was announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one year ago. Two rare strains os Salmonella were the source of illness, Salmonella Montevideo or Salmonella Mbandaka. Texas was hardest hit by the outbreak, with seven cases. By state, the case count was as follows: California (1), Georgia (1), Iowa (1), Louisiana (1), Minnesota (2), New York (1), North Dakota (1), Texas (7), and Wisconsin (1). Krinos issued a recall for the tahini sesame paste on April 28, 2013 for potential contamination with Salmonella. The recall was later expanded. The Turkish importer of the sesame paste was placed on import alert by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 29, … [Read more...]

Largest Multi-State Food Poisoning Outbreaks of 2013: #10

A Salmonella outbreak linked to Krinos brand tahini sesame paste was the tenth-largest, multi-state food poisoning outbreak of 2013. The sesame paste, distributed by Krinos Foods, LLC of Long Island City, New York, sickened 16 people in nine states. One person was hospitalized and died. The outbreak included two strains of Salmonella: Montevideo and Mbandaka. Both are considered rare by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which announced the outbreak on May 22. By state, the case count was as follows: California (1), Georgia (1), Iowa (1), Louisiana (1), Minnesota (2), New York (1), North Dakota (1), Texas (7), and Wisconsin (1). Krinos issued a recall of the product on April 28. The recall was eventually expanded to included products with expiration dates from … [Read more...]

In Canada, Tahini Recalled for Possible Salmonella

The Canadian Food Inspection agency is recalling Sesameco Tahini because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The product was sold from March 5, 2013 to May 15, 2013 in 18 kg (40 pound) package with no label and no lot code. The product was sold in bulk and may have been repacked at the retail level. Consumers who can't determined the original product identity are advised to check with their retailers to determine if they have the recalled product. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. In addition, Tahini sold by Phoenicia Group is being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. The 2 pound package has UPC number  0 62356 54525 3, and the 40 pound package has UPC number 0 62356 54522 2. The product was sold … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Krinos Tahini Ends with 16 Sick, 1 Dead

A Salmonella outbreak linked to tahini sesame paste distributed by Krinos Foods, LLC of Long Island City, New York has ended after sickening a total of 16 people and killing one them, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Since the agency's last update on May 23, the outbreak grew from eight illnesses in six states with no hospitalizations or fatalities to 16 illnesses in nine states with one hospitalization and one fatality. The person who was hospitalized died. The outbreak strains of Salmonella Montevideo or Salmonella Mbandaka were rare, according to health officials.  By state, the case count was as follows: California (1), Georgia (1), Iowa (1), Louisiana (1), Minnesota (2), New York (1), North Dakota (1), Texas (7), and Wisconsin (1). On April 28, … [Read more...]

Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Krinos Tahini Sickens 8 Nationwide

A multistate outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo and Salmonella Mbandaka infections linked to Krinos brand tahini has sickened eight people in six states. No patients have been hospitalized in this outbreak, and no deaths have been reported. Food Poisoning Bulletin told you about a report from the Minnesota Department of Health last week that stated two children were ill in this outbreak. The product was recalled earlier this month. The outbreak case count by state is as follows: California (1), Minnesota (2), New York (1), North Dakota (1), Texas (2), and Wisconsin (1). Illness onset dates range from less than 1 year to 75 years, with a median age of 24 years. Half of ill persons are female.   Because the tahini paste has such a long shelf life, it may still be in … [Read more...]

Two MN Children Sickened with Salmonella Linked to Krinos Tahini

The Minnesota Department of Health has announced that two children have been sickened with Salmonella bacteria linked to Krinos brand tahini. That product was recalled earlier this month; at the time, FDA officials said there were no illnesses associated with the tahini. Their illnesses are caused by the two strains of bacteria found in the recalled product. According to the FDA, the tahini was recalled April 28, 2013 after the Michigan Department of Agriculture found Salmonella Montevideo in routine sampling. Then the FDA found Salmonella Mbandaka in the same brand of tahini. The strains match the DNA fingerprint of an outbreak that has affected a small number of people in severeal states. The infection in one of the Minnesota cases matches the Salmonella Mbandaka outbreak strain … [Read more...]

CDC Releases Information about 2011 Salmonella Bovismorbificans Tahini Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released information about a 2011 outbreak of Salmonella Bovismorbificans that was linked to hummus and tahini. On September 27, 2011, three isolates of that particular strain were identified by the District of Columbia Public Health Laboratory. The outbreak sickened 23 people in seven states and the District of Columbia. This strain of Salmonella is quite rare in the United States. Nine people who were sickened with the outbreak strain of the bacteria were interviewed by public health officials. All had eaten at restaurants in the District of Columbia or northern Virginia less than two weeks before becoming ill. Dates of illness onset ranged from August 19 to November 21, 2011. On May 30, 2012, traceback information revealed that … [Read more...]

Tony’s Imports and Exports Warns Against AL-RABIH Tahineh for Salmonella

Tony's Imports and Exports of California is warning consumers, food distributors, and food processors not to consume or sell certain containers of AL-RABIH Tahineh (sesame paste, or tahini) because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. One hundred and forty-one pails of the product were stolen from the company's warehouse, where they were being held for destruction because of Salmonella contamination. The product was sold in a white plastic pail with a label that reads, "AL-RABIH Tahineh, 100% Sesame, net weight 40 lb. (18 kg)". The Tahineh is a product of Lebanon. Above the label, the following information is typed: "Imported by Tony Khorozian, Tony's Imports & Exports, Tel S.S.F. 650-872-6534, Fresno: 415 412- 1985 Best Before 2014." The theft occurred in June 2012 … [Read more...]

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