The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers of potential Salmonella contamination in products produced by Philadelphia-based Soom Foods. The company's Chocolate Sweet Tahini Halva Spread is individually packaged in purple, laminated one-ounce pouches or packets with a tear-away tab on one end.
In response to an ongoing Salmonella investigation related to other Tahini products made by Soom, the FDA analyzed product samples of the Chocolate Sweet Tahini Halva Spread and found Salmonella Tennessee. The FDA is advising consumers to discard any product currently in their possession.
Soom Foods was notified of the positive tests, but according to the FDA, "has not yet acted to protect public health by recalling the product." These particular products may have been distributed by various retailers as samples. The FDA is telling retailers not to sell or give away this product. Currently, the FDA is not aware of any illnesses related to consumption of the spread.