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Health Hazard Alert - Certain Prince brand Tahini may contain Salmonella bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
June 24, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Overwaitea Food Group
Alberta, British Columbia
Extent of the distribution:
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Advisory details

Ottawa, June 24, 2013 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Overwaitea Food Group are warning the public not to consume the Prince brand Tahini described below because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following Prince brand product, product of Israel, is affected by the recall.

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

The distributor, Overwaitea Food Group, Langley, BC, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace.  The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

The CFIA is working with Canadian importers to have these products removed from the marketplace.

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Prince Tahini 500g Expiry date: November 19, 2013 8 14417 01200 2

More information

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 diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

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Prince brand Tahini

Prince brand Tahini

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