A Salmonella outbreak linked to imported tahini produced by Israeli manufacturer, Achdut Ltd., located in Ari’el, Israel has sickened five people. The company has issued a recall for the product, which was sold under a number of brand names, including  Achva, Achdut, Soom, S&F, Pepperwood, and Baron’s. Consumers who have purchased any of these recalled products should not eat them as Salmonella can cause serious illness.

The recall includes Achva, Achdut, Soom, S&F, and Pepperwood brands produced from April 7, 2018, to May 21, 2018, with expiration dates ranging from April 7, 2020, to May 21, 2020. And Baron’s brand tahini with the expiration date of May 5, 2021. The recalled products have lot codes ranging from 18-097 to 18-141.

The recalled products were sold in sizes: 15oz, 16oz, 17.6oz, 635 oz (428g, 454g, 500g, 18Kg).  In addition, the recall includes 40 lb-containers of Organic Tahini, 40 lb. containers of Premium Tahini.,  16 oz. containers of Premium Tahini, 16 oz. containers of Organic Tahini and 11 oz. containers of Premium Tahini.

Consumers who have these products should not use them.


Salmonella Outbreak
Salmonella bacteria in tetrathionate enrichment broth stained using direct FA staining technique.

Tahini Salmonella Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used genetic “fingerprinting” technology to identify five people sickened by the outbreak strain of Salmonella Concord. The illnesses were reported from Hawaii, Michigan and New York. All of the case-patients reported eating tahini before they became ill. Three of them said they ate tahini at a restaurant in the U.S. before they developed symptoms of a Salmonella infection which include diarrhea, nausea and abdominal cramps. The other two ate tahini during international travel.

FDA investigators found the outbreak strain in a sample of Baron’s brand tahini collected at the point of import.

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UPDATE: This post was updated February 8, 2019, to include expanded recall information.

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