A Popular Condiment Distributed to “Many States” Was Just Recalled

Updated: Feb. 28, 2024

It's commonly found in hummus and plant-based recipes. For now, the manufacturer has halted production as an investigation is underway.

A major US food product distributor has announced that it is recalling a popular condiment due to the potential presence of harmful bacteria.

Roland Foods, LLC, based in New York City, manufactures and distributes a variety of canned and jarred products sold across the country. The recalled product is its 16-ounce Roland Tahini (100% Ground Sesame Seeds), as indicated in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notice published February 28, 2024.

tahini salad dressingCourtesy Cynthia Sass

A routine sample of the product by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed the presence of Salmonella. The recall notes that the tahini was “distributed to many states,” including retail and food service outlets, from September 2023 through January 2024. It does not specify the number of states that received the product or name any of the retailers. An online search shows the tahini is available on Amazon, but it’s not clear whether the affected product was sold there.

The FDA’s notice emphasizes that the recall only applies to a specific batch of the tahini. The recalled tahini product can be identified by the following details, which may be located under the barcode, on the back, or near the top of the jar:

  • batch number P024581
  • production code X0419
  • UPC 10041224701509
  • “best by date” of October 19, 2024.

The advisory states: “To date, Roland Foods has received no reports of illness related to the recalled product.” The company says they’ve halted distribution of the product while they investigate what caused the sample to be contaminated in coordinating with its manufacturer.

Anyone who purchased the tahini should discard it. Questions should be directed to Roland’s recall hotline at 800-622-1823, which is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection

“Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain,” the FDA says, adding: “In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.”

The CDC suggests most people will recover from Salmonella infection in a few days, but serious forms of the illness can develop among pregnant individuals, children, people over 65 years, and those with compromised immune systems. This can lead to hospitalization and, in some cases, fatality.

The source of Salmonella infections can be tricky to pin down because symptoms can start anywhere between six hours to six days following exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If you suspect you have a case of food poisoning or you believe you may have ingested some of the recalled tahini, consult with a licensed healthcare provider.

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