Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

February 10, 2011 20:29 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert - Certain Food House Brand Tahini of Sesame May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 10, 2011) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Les Aliments JR are warning the public not to consume the Food House brand Tahini of Sesame described below, because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following sizes and codes of Food House brand Tahini of Sesame, product of the Syrian Arab Republic, are affected by this alert:

Size UPC Lot codes
400gr 6 210431 486128 Pro : 21/2/2010 and Exp : 20/2/2012
    Pro : 22/6/2010 and Exp : 21/6/2012
1000gr 6 210431 486302 Pro : 21/2/2010 and Exp : 20/2/2012
    Pro : 22/6/2010 and Exp : 21/6/2012

This product has been distributed in Quebec.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this 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.

The importer, Les Aliments JR, Montreal, QC, is voluntarily recalling the affected product(s) from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on Salmonella, visit the Food Facts web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/salmonellae.shtml

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp 

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.

Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600