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Food recall warning

Achva and S&F brand tahini products recalled due to Salmonella

Starting date:
November 28, 2018
Type of communication:
Alert sub-type:
Food Recall Warning
Microbiological - Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Source of recall:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Recalling firm:
Altra Foods Inc., S & F Food Importers Inc.
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Possibly National, Quebec
Extent of the product distribution:
CFIA reference number:

Advisory details

Ottawa, November 28, 2018 - Industry is recalling Achva and S&F brand tahini products from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

The following products have been sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec and maybe have been distributed in other provinces.

What you should do

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.

Who is affected

There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.


This recall was triggered by findings by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled products from the marketplace.

Affected products

Affected products
Brand name Common name Size Code(s) on product UPC
Achva Whole Sesame Tahini 500 g LOT 18-099 7 290000 572796
Achva Organic Tahini 500 g LOT 18-099 7 290000 572086
Achva Tahini 500 g LOT 18-106 8 14968 02002 0
Achva Whole Tahini 500 g LOT 18-106 8 14968 02003 7
Achva Seasoned Tahini 500 g LOT 18-128 7 290000 572123
Achva Tahini – Crushed Sesame Seeds 500 g LOT 18-130 7 290000 572109
Achva Tahini 18 kg LOT 18-106 7 290000 572116
S&F Pure Tahini 18 kg Lot. 18-099 7 290000 572116


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