December 18, 2018

FDA Reiterates Warning About Achdut Tahini Linked to Salmonella Concord Outbreak

The FDA is reiterating its warning to consumers to avoid eating Achdut Tahini. Products made by Actdut Ltd., which is based in Israel, are linked to a Salmonella Concord outbreak that has sickened at least 5 people. Achdut updated their recall on December 11, 2018, to include all brands of tahini products that were manufactured from April 7, 2018 to May 21, 2018. Most of the Achdut tahini brands have expiration dates of April 7, 2020 to May 21, 2020. One exception is for Baron's brand tahini, with an expiration date of May 5, 2021. The tahini was sold through mail order and is available internationally in retail stores. The brands of Achdut tahini that are recalled include Achva, Achdut, Soom, S&F, Baron's, and Pepperwood. The product lot codes range from 18-097 to 18-141. … [Read more...]

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 Tahini, 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.  The brand names of the products are: Achdut, Baron's, … [Read more...]

Salmonella Concord Outbreak Linked to Imported Tahini Sickens Five

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released information about the Salmonella Concord outbreak that is linked to imported tahini produced by Achdut Ltd. in Israel. Five people in three states are sick with this infection. No one has been hospitalized, and no deaths are reported. The case count by state is: Hawaii (1), Michigan (1), and New York (3).  Illness onset dates range from June 16, 2018 to October 18, 2018. Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicates that tahini products from Achdut Ltd. are the likely source of this outbreak. Investigators are using the PulseNet system to identify patients who may be part of this Salmonella Concord outbreak. All five patients have been diagnosed with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Concord. All five people … [Read more...]

Achdut Recalls Multiple Brands of Tahini Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

Achdut is recalling multiple brands of Tahini because it is linked to a Salmonella Concord outbreak that has sickened at least five people. This product is imported from Israel. The recalled products are Tahini, Whole Tahini, Organic Tahini, and Seasoned Tahini sold under the brand names  Achdut, Baron's, S&F, Pepperwood, Soom and Achva. The product is packaged in these container sizes: 15 ounce, 16 ounce, 17.6 ounce, 635 ounce, and has lot numbers 18-097 to 18-141. The expiration dates on these recalled products range from April 7 to May 21, 2020. The product was distributed internationally in retail stores and through mail order. The recall notice states that the probable root cause for this recall is cross-contamination. Achdut is collaborating with health officials in the … [Read more...]

Salmonella Concord Outbreak Linked to Achdut Tahini

A Salmonella Concord outbreak that has sickened five people is linked to Baron's brand tahini that was manufactured by Achdut Ltd. This product is imported into the U.S. from Ari'el, Israel. Achdut has voluntary recalled all brands of tahini products manufactured from April 7, 2018 to May 21, 2018 with expiration dates that range from April 7, 2020 to May 21, 2020. The FDA is advising consumers to not eat recalled Achva, Achdut, Soom, S&F, Pepperwood, and Baron's brand tahini. The product codes range from 18-097 to 18-141. Some of these brands may lack specific dates or have labels that are written in Hebrew. If you can't identify a tahini that you are considering buying, don't buy it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified five people infected … [Read more...]

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...]

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