If the recall actions from E. coli-laced ribs and pasties were not enough, the CDC has more bleak warnings to start Memorial Day Weekend.
Pre-cut melon and a popular type of tahini – used in summer salads and hummus – are responsible for salmonella outbreaks throughout the country.
Health officials urge Americans to be careful in preparing their sunny spreads for the usual long-weekend garden parties.
The effects of Salmonella can occur within 24 hours, resulting in nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and exhaustion.
Inspectors found evidence from employees at the Indianapolis plant who were putting waste deep into a garbage bin before returning to cutting fruit without washing their hands
THE MELON REPEAL
The melon-linked outbreak was due to watermelon, honeydew melon, melon and mixed fruit from Caito Foods, a manufacturer that distributes the entire country.
The offending fruit, sold in clear packages, was sold in 16 states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
137 people have fallen ill in the last few months.
Officials say there have been no cases in recent weeks, indicating that the outbreak is over.
According to FDA reports obtained by Food safety news on a FOIA request, the issue dates from Caito Foods in 2016.
Inspectors found evidence from employees at the Indianapolis plant who threw waste deep into a garbage can before returning to cutting fruit without washing their hands.
They also found listeria on pumpkin, but allegedly refused to recall the pumpkin because it was intended to be cooked.
THE TAHINI REPEAL
Tahini is a mixed, runny-like sesame sauce that can be massaged over snacks, salads, or hot dishes, and is an important ingredient in hummus.
A few decades ago, infected tahini would not have had any influence on the American market.
But in recent years, food from the Middle East has become a fixture in supermarkets, restaurants, and cuisines in the US, and hummus is a major component of almost every informal social event.
The recall is linked to Brodt Zenatti Holding LLC in Jupiter, Florida, which produces American tahini for two top brands, SoCo and Karawan.
SoCo (Seeds of Collaboration) is an Israeli-Palestinian company and Karawan is from Ethiopia, the & # 39; sesame seed capital of the world & # 39 ;.
SoCo (Seeds of Collaboration) is an Israeli-Palestinian company and Karawan is from Ethiopia, the & # 39; sesame seed capital of the world & # 39;
Both have conquered significant markets in the US, where they are sold as different types of tahini and are used for hummus.
In a warning issued on Friday, the CDC urged restaurants and supermarket customers to & # 39; tahini tagged as & # 39; Karawan Tahini & # 39;, & # 39; El-Karawan Tahini & # 39; or & # 39; SoCo Tahini & # 39; not too & # 39; eat, sell or serve & # 39; nor products made from it.
Officials said that surfaces touched by the tahini should be disinfected and containers that held the tahini should be washed with hot soapy water.
She added: & # 39; Even if some tahini were eaten and no one got sick, don't eat it. & # 39;
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