Toby's Family Foods Recalls Lite Sour Creme And Toasted Sesame Dressing

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Sour Creme Recall

Toby's Family Foods is recalling Toby's Lite Sour Creme and Toby's Toasted Sesame Dressing.

The products may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Toby's Lite Sour Creme and Toby's Toasted Sesame Dressing were distributed primarily in Oregon, as well as Washington and California, through natural food and specialty retailers. The products include:

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* 8 oz. plastic containers of Toby's Lite Sour Creme with expiration dates of June 17 and earlier

* 12 oz. glass jars of Toby's Toasted Sesame Dressing with Best By dates of 7/05/07 and earlier

No illnesses have been reported to date, and no other products produced by Toby's Family Foods are affected.

The recall was prompted by the potential contamination of an ingredient, MaraNatha Sesame Tahini. The manufacturer, California-based nSpired Natural Foods, was alerted to the situation during a routine sample testing, and the company has since put additional safety measures in place. Retailers have removed all units of Toby's Lite Sour Creme and Toby's Toasted Sesame Dressing from store shelves as a precautionary measure. Toby's has stopped production of the two affected products.

Consumers who have purchased Toby's Lite Sour Creme or Toby's Toasted Sesame Dressing should return them to retailers for a full refund or contact Toby's for a replacement coupon.

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