There have been a number of food recalls in the last week; including tahini products for salmonella and shake up salads for listeria.
The Canadian Food Inspection agency has alerted Canadians to the industry recall of Achva and S&F brand tahini products from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.
Achva Whole Sesame Tahini LOT 18-099, Organic Tahini LOT 18-099, Tahini LOT 18-106, Whole Tahini LOT 18-106, Seasoned Tahini LOT 18-128, and Tahini with Crushed Sesame Seeds LOT 18-130; all in 500g size. 18 kg sized Achva Tahini LOT 18-106 and S&F Pure Tahini in 18 kg LOT 18-099.
Another Tahini product with a recall are Soom brand tahini products for a similar possible Salmonella contamination. This includes; Soom Chocolate Sweet Tahini Halva Spread 340g 071318CH, Sesame Premium Tahini 454g as well as 39.6lb LOT 18-109, 18-121, and 18-123.
Aside from tahini that may be contaminated with Salmonella there is also a recall over possible Listeria contamination. Eat Smart brand Salad Shake Ups – Sweet Kale from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. This is currently limited to Salad Shake Ups – Sweet Cale 156g Best Before Date DEC 03 2018, code DE 03 112 319.
If you have any of these products; they should be thrown out or returned to the point of purchase for a refund. They should not be consumed.
If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.
Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.
Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die.
Now, while there are also some allergen related recalls you can find more information about those at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website.
Those are the current recalls for people food, but there are also some pet food recalls to be aware of; these are mostly voluntary and come from the US.
ELM Pet Foods, Inc. is recalling their Elm Chicken and Chickpea Recipe, the 3LB Chicken and Chickpea Recipe, and Elm K9 Naturals Chicken Recipe for possible high levels of Vitamin D.
Also being recalled for similar potential high levels of vitamin D are ANF, Inc. Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food, and Sunchine Mills, Inc. Evolve Chicken & Rice Puppy Dry Dog Food, Sportsman’s Pride Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food, and Triumph Chicken & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food.
Dogs ingesting elevated levels of Vitamin D may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss.
Vitamin D when consumed at very high levels can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction.
Consumers with dogs who have consumed the product listed above are exhibiting these symptoms, should contact their veterinarian.