If You Have This Sauce at Home, Get Rid of It Now, FDA Says

The sauce may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause "serious and sometimes fatal infection."

The COVID pandemic has inspired many an amateur chef to hone their culinary skills at home. However, before you whip out your favorite Middle Eastern cookbook, you might want to check to make sure the ingredients you're cooking with are safe for use, now that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the recall of a popular Middle Eastern sauce over concern it could cause serious health issues. Read on to find out if an item in your kitchen or pantry could be putting you at risk. And if you want to protect yourself, If You Have This Salad Dressing at Home, Get Rid of It, FDA Says.

On March 5, the FDA announced that Kareem Mart had recalled its 1-lb., 2-lb., and 10-kg. containers of tahina (also known as tahini), due to potential salmonella contamination. The affected products were sold in Chicago, Illinois, and the state of Michigan between Apr. 2020 and Oct. 2020, and have an expiration date of July 1, 2022.

The FDA notes that, among otherwise healthy individuals, salmonella can result in abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, nausea, and vomiting; in immunocompromised individuals, children, and the elderly, salmonella can cause "serious and sometimes fatal infection[s]."

While no illnesses related to the consumption of the recalled tahini have been reported yet, the FDA says that those with it at home should not consume it, but rather "immediately dispose of the product." You can also return the recalled tahini to the store from which you purchased it or, if you're in Michigan, to 32816 Manor Park Garden City, Michigan 48135. Anyone in possession of the affected tahini can also email Kareem Mart at recalls@kareemmart.com with a picture of their receipt to receive a full refund.

Kareem Mart isn't the only company that's had to pull its products over safety concerns recently, though. Read on to discover which other foods could be putting your health in jeopardy. And for more ingredients that could be putting you in harm's way, If You Have This Popular Sauce at Home, Don't Use It, FDA Warns.

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Rice crisps

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You might want to think twice before pulling out that bag of rice crisps from your pantry. On Mar. 1, the FDA announced the voluntary recall of Quaker Oats' 3.03-oz. bags of Quaker Rice Crisps in Sweet Barbecue Flavor. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the snacks might contain soy that isn't disclosed on the product's ingredients list. The affected snacks each bear UPC number 0 30000 31984 0 on the packaging and have a best before date of May 29, 2021. If you have the affected product at home, you can return it to the store from which you purchased it for a full refund or contact Quaker Consumer Relations at 800-367-6287. And for the latest recall news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

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Hotpot seasoning

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The United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the recall of three types of hotpot seasoning on Feb. 22 after it was discovered that they were not sufficiently inspected by U.S. authorities before being sold. The recall affects 12.07-oz. vacuumed sealed packages of Ming Yang Hotpot Seasoning (Medium spicy, Mala), 17.6-oz. vacuumed sealed packages of Ming Yang Hotpot Seasoning (Slightly spicy), and 17.6-oz. vacuumed sealed packages of Ming Yang Hotpot Seasoning (Super spicy, Extremely) sold in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, and Texas. If you have the affected seasonings at home, you should throw them away or return them to the store from which you purchased them for a refund.

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Pork paté

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That charcuterie board may look a little sparse now that three popular types of pork paté have been recalled over safety concerns. The affected patés include 240-gram cans of Monique Ranou Pâté de Foie, 240-gram jars of Monique Ranou Pâté de Campagne, and 180-gram jars of Monique Ranou Pâté de Campagne Supérieur, all of which were recalled after it was discovered that they didn't undergo a sufficient FSIS re-inspection before being distributed stateside. If you're in possession of the recalled paté—which can be identified due to French Establishment Number FR 56-246-008 CE on its packaging—the FSIS recommends that you don't consume it, but rather return it to the store from which it was purchased. And if you want to play it safe, If Your Milk Carton Doesn't Say This, the CDC Says Don't Drink It.

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Queso fresco

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In February, the FDA announced that El Abuelito's queso fresco should be avoided due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. But the recall has now expanded to include 15 different El Abuelito products, which you can find—along with their UPC information— on the recall notice.

The recalled cheese was sold in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause healthy individuals to temporarily experience nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, severe headaches, high fevers, and stiffness. But it's much worse for those who are immunocompromised, elderly, or very young. In these people, it can lead to fatal infections; and in pregnant individuals, it can result in a miscarriage and stillbirth.

Also, because "Listeria can survive in refrigerated temperatures and can easily spread to other foods and surfaces," the FDA recommends getting rid of the cheese and cleaning and sanitizing any dishes or surfaces in your home that may have come into contact with it. And while you're clearing out your cabinets, If You Have This Snack at Home, Get Rid of it Now, FDA Says.

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