Last night, the FDA announced its investigation into a Salmonella outbreak linked to Tahini. According to the FDA’s website, there are currently 4 cases of Salmonella Concord that have been linked to “Karawan Tahini and Halva” brand tahini imported from Israel.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene tested samples of Karawan tahini and found that the product contained Salmonella. Those who are confirmed sick were reported to be from Texas, New York, and Massachusetts. No deaths have been reported at this time.
The FDA has not announced a recall of these products. They recommend that consumers and retailers check their pantries for these products, as they have a 2-year shelf life. It is likely that these products are still being used. In the meantime, the FDA also recommends that consumers not eat and restaurants not serve any tahini under the “Karawan Tahini and Halva” brand – even if the product was previously served. Tahini is used in many Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes like hummus and baba ghanoush. Consumers are encouraged to ask restaurants if they use these contaminated products before eating these dishes.
The investigation is still ongoing and additional cases are likely to be linked. Health officials confirm that this outbreak in not linked to last year’s Salmonella Concord Tahini outbreak.
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