Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 17, 2013 03:07 ET

Health Hazard Alert: Certain Clic, Al Nakhil and Al Koura Brand Tahina Products May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 17, 2013) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public, food service establishments, and retailers, not to consume, serve, use, or sell the tahina products described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

All Tahina products, manufactured by Al Nakhil Co, of Lebanon between September 5, 2012 and April 21, 2013, are affected by this alert. At this time, the following products have been identified:

Brand Product Size Lot code
Clic Sesame Paste
all sizes LOT#1350/12 to LOT#1466/12;
LOT#1101/13 to LOT#1212/13
Al Nakhil Sesame Paste
all sizes LOT#1350/12 to LOT#1466/12;
LOT#1101/13 to LOT#1212/13
Al Koura Tahina Extra all sizes LOT#1350/12 to LOT#1466/12;
LOT#1101/13 to LOT#1212/13

Some of the affected product was sold in bulk and may have been repacked at retail. Consumers who cannot determine the original product identity are advised to check with their retailer to determine if they have one of the affected products.

These products have been distributed nationally.

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

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 diarrhoea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

The CFIA is working with the Canadian importers to remove all affected products from the market place. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

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

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

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at:

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Contact Information

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