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This archive of previously issued food recalls and allergy alerts is provided for reference and research purposes.

Users should note that the products listed in the archive have been subject to removal from the marketplace or appropriate corrective action. Food recalls or allergy alerts are not an indication of the food safety status of products produced at a later date.

Food Recall Warning - Achva and S&F brand tahini products recalled due to Salmonella

From: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Recall date:
November 28, 2018
Reason for recall:
Microbiological - Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Altra Foods Inc., S & F Food Importers Inc.
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Possibly National, Quebec
Extent of the distribution:
Reference number:
12604, 12650

Recall 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.

Recalled products

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

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.


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.


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

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