Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

June 25, 2013 02:06 ET

Health Hazard Alert: Certain Prince Brand Tahini May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 25, 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:

Product Size UPC Expiry date
Tahini 500 g 8 14417 01200 2 NOVEMBER 19, 2013

This product is known to have been distributed in British Columbia and Alberta.

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 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.

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:

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: Food and consumer product recalls are also available at

Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations