Another tahini Salmonella outbreak has been linked to products imported from Israel. The outbreak, which has sickened four people in the three states, comes just a few months after another Salmonella outbreak linked to tahini imported from Israel ended.
The previous outbreak, linked to tahini products produced by Achdut Ltd. of Ari’el, Israel, sickened eight people in four states. The products were sold under a number of brand names, including Achva, Achdut, Soom, S&F, Pepperwood, and Baron’s. The company issued a recall for these products in December 2018.
The current outbreak is linked to “Karawan Tahini and Halva” brand tahini imported from Israel. On May 20, 2019, issued another recall for SoCo brand tahini. New York state and federal investigators tested the product and found that it contained the Salmonella Concord outbreak strain linked illness in New York, Massachusetts and Texas. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested that the company voluntarily issue a recall.
One of the companies that imported the product is Brodt Zenatti Holdings, LLC, of Jupiter, Florida. But, the FDA notes, that other companies may have also imported it.
The contaminated tahini was sold in bulk to retailers and restaurants and in retail sizes at grocery stores and online. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as Salmonella can cause serious illness. One of the people sickened in this outbreak has been hospitalized.
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