Multiple recalls have been issued for tahini products (ground sesame seed paste) due to Salmonella bacteria contamination and outbreaks of food poisoning illnesses.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting tahini induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with Salmonella after eating tahini, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
UPDATE: More Tahini Recalled for Salmonella Risk
In March 2021, two recalls were issued for tahini products in Michigan and Illinois after they tested positive for Salmonella during routine testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).
On March 2, Kareem Mart recalled 1-lb, 2-lb, and 10-kg packages of Tahina (Ground Sesame Paste) food treats due to potential Salmonella contamination. The products was distributed to Mediterranean food stores in Michigan and Chicago, Illinois between April 2020 and October 2020. No illnesses were reported.
On March 5, Mediterranean Food Inc. recalled 2-lb plastic jars of “Alqosh Sesame Oil” or “Tahin” (Lot #16082020) due to a risk of Salmonella contamination. The recalled products were distributed in Michigan retail stores and distributors between November 6, 2020 and December 10, 2020.
2019 Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Tahini
After 4 people were infected with Salmonella in May 2019, a recall was issued for Karawan Tahini and SoCo Tahini imported from Palestine.
What is the Problem?
Two samples of Karawan tahini tested positive for Salmonella contamination by the New York City Department of Health. After 4 illnesses were confirmed, the importer agreed to issue a recall.
How Many People Are Sick?
As of May 14, 2019, at least 4 people were infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Concord in Massachusetts (1), New York (2), and Texas (1), according to an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The illnesses started on dates ranging from March 9, 2019, to March 23, 2019. One person was hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
May 23, 2019 — Brodt Zenatti Holding LLC announced a recall for all Karawan® and SoCo® tahini because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Karawan tahini may also be labeled as “El-Karawan” or “Karawan Tahini and Halva.” The product that tested positive for Salmonella did not have lot codes or information identifying the shipment date.
Karawan Tahini was directly distributed to New York and Texas. It may have also been distributed to Massachusetts and Virginia or other states.
The recalled products include:
- Karawan Tahini: Jars: 450g (15.87 oz) and Buckets: 17kg (599.6 oz) that were imported from Palestine
- SoCo Tahini: Container: 380g (135 oz)
Karawan Tahini Tests Positive for Salmonella
New York health officials determined that several sick people ate hummus or tahini at restaurants where Karawan tahini was used. The outbreak strain of Salmonella Concord was found in opened and sealed containers of Karawan tahini at one of the restaurants.
Salmonella Food Poisoning Risks
Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal food poisoning. The symptoms may include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonell can result in a bloodstream infection and severe complications such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, arthritis, or death.
Do I have a Tahini Salmonella Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting tahini induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with Salmonella, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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