CDC Food Safety Alert: Final Update on Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Tahini Produced by Achdut Ltd.

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Contact: Media Relations
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A final update about an outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to tahini produced by Achdut Ltd. has been posted.


  • This outbreak appears to be over, but recalled tahini products have a long shelf life and may still be in people’s homes.
  • Consumers are encouraged to visit the FDA website for a full list of recalled products. On November 27, 2018, Achdut Ltd. recalled tahini products sold under several brand names, including Achva, Achdut, Soom, S&F, Pepperwood, and Baron’s with expiration dates of April 7, 2020 to May 21, 2020.
  • The last reported illness began on January 3, 2019.
  • Eight people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella were reported from four states: Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New York.
  • No hospitalizations or deaths were reported.

Advice to Consumers:

  • Do not eat, sell, or serve recalled tahini or products made with recalled tahini, such as hummus, even if unopened. Return it to the store or throw it away.
  • Retailers and restaurants should not use any of the recalled tahini manufactured by Achdut Ltd. at their establishments. Retailers and restaurants should throw the product out.
  • For a full list of recalled tahini products, visit
  • Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.
  • Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from eating recalled tahini products.

Learn more about how you can take steps to prevent Salmonella infection. Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators and freezers where recalled tahini products were stored. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.

If you have questions about cases in a particular state, please call that state’s health department.


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