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Israel: Salmonella in Tahini

Shamir Salads: The Independent Lab Failed To Detect Salmonella In Tehina

August 16, 2016: YeshivaWorld:
"Prince tehina was sent to Shamir Salads accompanied by test results from an independent lab, which failed to determine the presence of salmonella. It has since been learned those tests were not conducted as they should have been."
"On July 25th, Prince sent its tehina for inspection to the Microbiological Institute in Nesher, an independent lab, which failed to detect the presence of salmonella, apparently because the inspection was not performed in line with protocol. However, an inspection conducted in the Strauss factory, salmonella was detected and they filed the results of the tests with Prince Tehina."

Salmonella Scare in Israel: Health Ministry to Sue Country’s Largest Tahini Manufacturer

August 11, 2016: JewishPress:
The Israeli Ministry of Health on Thursday ordered a halt to all sales of products containing tahini made by Prince Tahina, the largest manufacturer of tahini in the Middle East and one of the biggest in the world, amid a burgeoning scandal in Israel over salmonella found in various Israeli products.
"The bacterium was discovered on Wednesday in Shamir salads, which contains tahini made by Prince Tahina."
"Additionally, over 200 tons of Prince Tahina products are to be destroyed. The Health Ministry alleges that the manufacturer had been aware of the contamination since July 24 and that it will be prosecuted for not having reported it."

Israel on Salmonella hunt: HaNasich recalls hummus and tahini

August 11, 2016: from BarfBlog:
Tehinat HaNasich, a subsidiary of Shamir Salads, reported on Wednesday night that traces of Salmonella were discovered in samples of their raw tahini products.
Shamir has issued a recall on the following items:
  • All hummus products with expiration dates ranging from September 1, 2016 to September 18, 2016.
  • All tahini products with expiration dates ranging from September 16, 2016 to October 3, 2016.
  • All eggplant tahini products with expiration dates ranging from September 1, 2016 to September 18, 2016.
The company noted that all of their non hummus or tahini products are safe for use, as are hummus and tahini products that don’t fall within those date ranges.
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