International Golden Foods Inc. (IGF) of Bensenville, IL, is recalling some of its Al kanater brand tahini because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, 

The product was distributed nationwide and is sold in 16-ounce jars. The jars are labelled “Al kanater Tahini” with lot codes printed on the jar. Product code, description, lot code, and UPC information are noted below.

There is concern that consumers may have the recalled tahini in their homes because of its long shelf life. Consumers can use the information below to determine whether they have the recalled tahini.

No illnesses have been reported to-date in connection with the Al Kanater Brand Tahini, according to the company’s recall notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration.

“This problem was revealed as a result of a random sampling by the Michigan Department of Agriculture,” according to the company notice. “Although we have not received the final laboratory reports, IGF is recalling product with the lot codes listed above. 

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

Retailers or consumers with questions may contact IGF at 630-860-5552.

Product Code Product Description & Size Lot # UPC
AT1LB Al kanater Tahini Sesame Paste 1 lb. (454 gr) TT4N‐201127 6‐92551‐00002‐0

About Salmonella infections
Food that is contaminated with Salmonella bacteria usually does not look, smell or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection, but infants, children, seniors and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile, according to the CDC.

Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled tahini and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. Sick people should tell their doctors about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria because special tests are necessary to diagnose salmonellosis. Salmonella infection symptoms can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnosis.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Otherwise healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients need to be hospitalized.

Older adults, children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop a severe illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions.

It is possible for some people to be infected with the bacteria and to not get sick or show any symptoms, but to still be able to spread the infection to others.