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Health Hazard Alert - Certain Clic, Al Nakhil and Al Koura brand Tahina products may contain Salmonella bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
August 16, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Les Entreprises Amira Inc., Clic International Inc.
Extent of the distribution:
Reference number:
8249, 8257

Advisory details

Ottawa, August 16, 2013 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public, food service establishments, and retailers, not to consume, serve, use, or sell the tahina products described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Some of the affected product was sold in bulk and may have been repacked at retail. Consumers who cannot determine the original product identity are advised to check with their retailer to determine if they have one of the affected products.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The CFIA is working with the Canadian importers to remove all affected products from the market place. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

All Tahina products, manufactured by Al Nakhil Co, of Lebanon between September 5, 2012 and April 21, 2013, are affected by this alert. At this time, the following products have been identified:

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product
Clic Sesame Paste Tahina all sizes LOT#1350/12 to LOT#1466/12;
LOT#1101/13 to LOT#1212/13
Al Nakhil Sesame Paste Tahina all sizes LOT#1350/12 to LOT#1466/12;
LOT#1101/13 to LOT#1212/13
Al Koura Tahina Extra all sizes LOT#1350/12 to LOT#1466/12;
LOT#1101/13 to LOT#1212/13

More information

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 diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

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