Meridian Foods Extends its Recall of Organic Tahinis due to the Presence of the Unauthorised Pesticide Ethylene Oxide in the Sesame Seeds

Monday, 1 March 2021

Category 2:

For Information

Alert Notification:

2020.79 (Update 4)


Meridian Organic Dark Tahini, pack sizes: 270g and 470g
Meridian Organic Light Tahini, pack sizes: 270g, 470g and 454g

Batch Code:

All best-before dates up to and including 30/09/2021

Country Of Origin:

United Kingdom


Further to FSAI Food Alert 2020.79, FSAI Food Alert 2020.79 (Update 1)FSAI Food Alert 2020.79 (Update 2) and FSAI Food Alert 2020.79 (Update 3) additional batches of Meridian Organic Light Tahini and Organic Dark Tahini are being recalled due to the presence, or potential presence, of the unauthorised pesticide ethylene oxide in sesame seeds, an ingredient in the product. This pesticide is not authorised for use in foods sold in the EU. Although the consumption of the contaminated product does not pose an immediate risk to health, there may be health issues if there is continued consumption of ethylene oxide over a long period of time. Therefore, exposure to this substance needs to be minimised. Point-of-sale recall notices will be displayed in stores supplied with the implicated batches. Only organic tahinis are subject to this extended recall, specific batches of non-organic tahinis were recalled in the original food alert and update 2.