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Mediterranean Food Recalls "Alqosh Sesame Oil"

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Mediterranean Food Inc. is recalling certain "Alqosh Sesame Oil" citing the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

The affected Alqosh Sesame Oil "Tahin" comes in a 2Lb, clear plastic jar marked with lot # 16082020 on the side of the jar and with a Production date of 08/16/2020 stamped on the side.

The recalled "Sesame Oil" were distributed in Michigan retail stores and distributors through the company's staff in the period from 11/06/2020 to 12/10/2020.

The company initiated the recall after a routine testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed the presence of Salmonella in some of the 2 Lb plastic jars at one of the retailers.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever. In some people, the illness may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

However, the Warren, Michigan-based company has not received any reports of illnesses to date in connection with the problem.

The company has suspended the production of Alqosh Sesame Oil while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled sesame oil are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund

In similar incidents involving Salmonella risks, Vegpro International last November called back Fresh Attitude baby spinach, and natural grocery retailer Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets Inc. called back Natural Grocers Brand 4-ounce Organic Whole Elderberries.

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