'Do not eat' warning over fears ingredient could cause sickness and diarrhoea

-Credit: (Image: PA)
-Credit: (Image: PA)


A meal ingredient is being recalled due to a salmonella risk. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said not to eat the product, which is sold in various supermarkets and shops in the UK.

The FSA said AB World Foods Ltd was recalling Al’Fez Natural Tahini because Salmonella had been found in some batches of the product. The affected batch is a pack size of 160g with batch codes 3355, 4004, 4023, 4024, 4039, 4040. It will have a best-before date of June 2025, July 2025, or August 2025.

The FSA said: "Salmonella has been found in some batches of the product listed above. Symptoms caused by salmonella usually include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps.

"AB World Foods Ltd is recalling the above product. Point of sale notices will be displayed in stores where the product was sold. These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product.

"If you have bought the above product do not eat it. Instead return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund. For further information, please contact the Al’Fez customer care team on 0800 0195 617 or by email at consumer.services@abworldfoods.com."

The tahini
The tahini -Credit:FSA

About product recalls and withdrawals

The FSA said: "If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product). The FSA issues Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food. In some cases, a 'Food Alert for Action' is issued. This provides local authorities with details of specific action to be taken on behalf of consumers."