FDA investigates multistate outbreak of Salmonella linked to tahini

November 29, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local partners, is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Concord illnesses linked to tahini imported from an Israeli manufacturer, Achdut Ltd. The manufacturer has voluntarily recalled all brands of tahini products manufactured from April 7, 2018 to May 21, 2018. The FDA is advising consumers not to eat recalled AchvaAchdutSoomS&FPepperwood, and Baron’s brand tahini with expiration dates ranging from April 7, 2020 to May 21, 2020. The product lot codes range from 18-097 to 18-141.

The CDC identified five ill people in the United States infected with Salmonella Concord that had the same genetic fingerprint as the Salmonella Concord found in tahini sampled at the point of import into the United States. Of the five U.S. cases interviewed, all five reported consuming hummus made with tahini; three people reported eating tahini or hummus made with tahini in a restaurant in the United States, while the other two people reported consuming tahini or hummus made with tahini during international travel.

A sample of imported tahini collected by the FDA at the point of import tested positive for Salmonella Concord. The tahini was Baron’s brand manufactured by Achdut Ltd. The company was placed on an FDA Import Alert, detaining additional product from the firm at the U.S. border until evidence is presented demonstrating that Salmonella is not present in the product. Whole genome sequencing analysis has indicated the positive sample of imported Baron’sbrand tahini is highly related to clinical isolates from ill people in the United States.

Outbreak alert