Roland Foods LLC of New York City is recalling a specific production code of Roland Tahini 100 percent Ground Sesame Seeds in 16-ounce bottles because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

“The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, which revealed that the product tested positive for Salmonella. The company has ceased distribution of the product and has initiated an investigation in partnership with the manufacturer as to the root cause of the problem,” according to the company’s recall notice.

The product was distributed to many states through retail stores and foodservice outlets, according to the company’s recall notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration. The product was distributed by Roland Foods from September 2023 through January 2024.

This recall only applies to Roland Tahini (100% Ground Sesame Seeds) 16 oz., Batch Number P024581, Production Code X0419, UPC Number 10041224701509, with a Best By Date of October 19, 2024. The product can be identified by the UPC, found under the barcode on the back of the product, or by the Production Code and Best Buy Date printed in black ink on the label near the top of the bottle.

As of Feb. 24, Roland Foods had not received any reports of illness related to the recalled product.

Consumers who have purchased Roland Tahini 100 percent Ground Sesame Seeds in 16-ounce bottles are urged to discard any affected product. Consumers with questions may contact the company’s Recall Hotline at 800-622-1823.

About Salmonella infections

Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria does not usually look, smell, or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection. 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 recalled products 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 and usually develop 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 require hospitalization.

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.

Some people get infected without getting sick or showing any symptoms. However, they may still spread the infections to others.

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