Federal and local health authorities across the United States announced on February 8 they are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Concord infections linked to tahini products imported from Israel. A recall of the products began late last year, and in total five people have become sick as a result.
Three of the people who have food poisoning in this case are from New York, and both Hawaii and Michigan have one resident with an infection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Salmonella can often cause a person to be sick for up to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. Those infected develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after eating the contaminated product.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall list and is recommending that restaurants and retailers should not sell or use the recalled products, and to dispose of the product in the garbage or return it for a credit or refund.
Restaurants and retailers should not sell or use recalled Achva, Achdut, Soom, S&F, Pepperwood, and Baron’s brand tahini products when preparing meals. Restaurants and retailers should dispose of any of the recalled tahini by throwing the product in the garbage or returning this product to the place of purchase for credit or refund.
If you believe you have food poisoning from tahini or any other product, please report it to IWasPoisoned.com and call your health provider or visit an emergency room.