Michigan’s Northern Fish Five Star Food Inc., located in Garden City, has recalled  100 cases of Excellent Tahina 800 g and 100 cases of Excellent Tahina 400 g in containers because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

No illnesses are yet associated with the Sham Gardens Tahini recall. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development discovered potential contamination by random sampling.  Final laboratory reports are pending, but  Five Star Foods opted to recall the following products as listed by product code.

Product Code Product Description UPC Expiration
TAH806SG Excellent Tahina 800 g 6214002717420 Best By Nov 2020
TAH400SG Excellent Tahina 400 g 6214002717413 Best By Nov 2020

The recalled product was distributed in states of Michigan, Ohio, New York, Florida, North Dakota, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Texas and is sold in 800 grams (1.76 lb) and in 400 grams (14.1 oz).

Expiration dates (Best By Nov 2020) are printed on the lid of the container.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Others infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe and potentially deadly illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.

Consumers who have purchased Sham Gardens Tahini with these codes should discontinue use and return it to the store of purchase for a full refund. Retailers that may have further distributed the recalled codes should share this notice with their customers.

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