Cicero, Illinois-based Ziyad Brothers Importing said that it had not yet received confirmation of the testing, but ordered the recall anyway out of an abundance of caution.
The salmonella contamination was detected through routine sampling by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, according to a recall notice issued Friday by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Affected products were labeled “Tahini Sesame Paste” and distributed in 8, 16, 32 ounce, and half gallon jars. The recalled tahini paste features product codes A0071, A0072, A0073, A0076, and S0073. The lot codes and use-by dates can be found on the white jar cap.
“Consumers who have purchased Ziyad Brand Tahini with these lot codes should discontinue use and return it to the store of purchase for a full refund,” FDA said. “Retailers that may have further distributed the recalled lot codes should share this notice with their customers. Retailers or consumers with questions may contact Recall Coordinator Ray Hanania at 708-298-3818.”
Eating food contaminated with salmonella bacteria can cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness whose symptoms include:
- Abdominal cramps
Most cases of salmonellosis last less than a week, but in some patients diarrhea may be so severe that it requires hospitalization. Children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems are particularly likely to develop severe reactions from the bacteria.
FDA is asking anyone who purchased Ziyad Brothers Tahini Paste affected by the recall to discard it immediately or return it to the point of purchase for a refund.
To date, there have been no reports of salmonella infections or other illnesses associated with the recall, FDA said.