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Product Recall -- Tahini-Based Products

Product Recall -- Tahini-Based Products from Turkish Kitchen

Auckland 1 July 2003 - The Turkish Kitchen is recalling all products that include tahini after samples of the product returned a positive indication for salmonella contamination under a regular testing programme.

The affected products are:

Name Size Best Before Date

Hummus (Chickpea and Tahini Spread) 200g 14-07-03 or earlier

Eggplant Hummus 200g 14-07-03 or earlier

Barbunya 200g 14-07-03 or earlier

Hummus Mini Dips 3 x 50g 14-07-03 or earlier

Assorted Mini Dips 3 x 50g 14-07-03 or earlier

All batches of the above product with "Best Before" dates of 15-07-03 or later are safe for consumption. No other food products manufactured by Turkish Kitchen are affected under this recall.

The product is sold in throughout New Zealand in a large number of outlets where spreads and snack food products are retailed. Turkish Kitchen has notified the Ministry of Health. It has advised all distributors of the recall and has asked that all stores remove any product potentially affected.

There have been no reports of illness, however consumers are advised that there is a health risk associated with consuming the affected product and they should check the "Best Before" dates on all tahini-based Turkish Kitchen products that they have purchased. Affected product should be returned to the store where it was purchased, where it will be exchanged or a refund given.


For more information please contact: Luciell Mcilroy, Turkish Kitchen, email

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