Updated Health Hazard Alert: Certain Tahina Products May Contain Salmonella Bacteria


OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jul 29, 2013) - Product photos are available at http://bit.ly/1bDFrBT

The public warning issued on July 16, 2013 has been updated to include additional products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Clic International Inc. are warning the public not to consume the Tahina products described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following Tahina products, product of Lebanon, are affected by this alert:

Brand Product Size UPC Lot code
Clic Sesame Paste
454 g 0 58504 74097 7 LOT#1212/13
Clic Sesame Paste
907 g 0 58504 74095 3 LOT#1212/13
Al Nakhil Sesame Paste
454 g 5 287000 459006 LOT#1432/12

These products have been distributed in Quebec and Ontario.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

The importer, Clic International Inc., Laval, Quebec, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/contactus.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page at: http://inspection.gc.ca/food_poisoning.

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/recalls

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

CFIA Media Relations

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