CDC Foodborne Outbreak Updates-Tahini and Pre-Cut Melons

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 24, 2019
Contact: Media Relations
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CDC has posted updates regarding two separate multistate outbreak investigations: a Salmonella outbreak linked to tahini, and a Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons.

Update: Salmonella infections linked to Karawan brand tahini

  • On May 20, 2019, Brodt Zenatti Holding LLC of Jupiter, Fla. recalled SoCo brand tahini.
  • Do not eat, sell, or serve tahini that is labeled as Karawan Tahini, El-Karawan Tahini, or SoCo Tahini. Do not eat, sell, or serve products made with this tahini, such as hummus.
  • Throw out any food you made with recalled Karawan or SoCo brand tahini. Even if some tahini was eaten and no one got sick, do not eat it.
  • Retailers and restaurants should not use any Karawan or SoCo brand tahini. Retailers and restaurants should throw the product out and sanitize any surfaces that may have come in contact with recalled tahini or products made with recalled tahini.
  • For more information, visit

Final Update: Salmonella infections linked to pre-cut melon

  • This outbreak appears to be over, and recalled pre-cut melon supplied by Caito Foods LLC is likely no longer available.
  • Throw away fruits and vegetables that are spoiled or have been recalled.
  • A total of 137 ill people were reported from 10 states. Thirty-eight people were hospitalized.
  • For more information, visit

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


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Page last reviewed: May 24, 2019