Artisana Raw Tahini Recalled for Salmonella

Premier Organics of Berkeley, California is recalling 840 cases of Artisana Raw Tahini over concerns of <"">Salmonella contamination, the Georgia Department of Agriculture just announced.

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner, Tommy Irvin, is alerting consumers that some Artisana Raw Tahini may be contaminated with Salmonella. The involved product bears lot number 90811 and is packaged in 16-ounce glass jars. The recalled Artisana Raw Tahini has been distributed nationwide through retail locations and online stores. Those who have purchased the product may return it to place of purchase for a full refund.

The Salmonella pathogen can cause serious, sometimes fatal Salmonellosis infections in young children; weak or elderly people; and those with weakened immune systems, such as patients undergoing chemotherapy or who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and other immune system compromising diseases.

Salmonella is usually found in food contaminated with animal feces and is a group of bacteria that passes from the feces of people or animals to other people or animals, causing contamination when food is improperly stored or handled and when preparers do not wash their hands or sanitize implements involved in food storage.

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain within 12 to 72 hours of contamination. Generally, the illness lasts a week, but, in some, hospitalization is required because the infection may have spread to the blood stream and other body sites, producing more significant illnesses. Without treatment, severe cases of Salmonella poisoning can result in arterial infections—such as infected aneurysms—endocarditis, arthritis, and death.

Some Salmonella bacteria are resistant to antibiotics, largely due to the use of antibiotics to promote the growth of feed animals. Salmonella poisoning can also lead to Reiter’s Syndrome, a difficult-to-treat reactive arthritis characterized by severe joint pain, irritation of the eyes, and painful urination.

Salmonella is the most frequently reported cause of food-related outbreaks of stomach illness worldwide.

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