Walmart and other retailers across the nation are pulling it from shelves after testing positive for the potentially deadly bacteria.
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If you buy tahini at Walmart, you should take a few minutes to check your bottle—the manufacturer behind the popular Ziyad Brothers tahini has issued a national recall after a bottle of the ground sesame paste tested positive for salmonella.

The tahini in question, which was produced in Illinois before being shipped out to numerous big-box retailers nationwide, is being recalled after a random sampling by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, according to Food Safety News.

While Walmart is the largest retailer affected by the recall, Ziyad Brothers is sold in many large supermarket chains, including the Southeast's Publix, Northeastern chain Hannaford Bros., Harris Teeters located across the Atlantic seaboard, and in 350 plus of Texas' H-E-B grocery stores.

The affected product was sold and packaged under the Ziyad name in 8, 16, and 32-ounce gallon jars, labeled "Tahini Sesame Paste." You can check the full list of affected products by their best-by dates and UPC codes on the manufacturer's official recall listing. While no illnesses have been reported as of yet in connection to this recall, Ziyad is asking customers to throw out or return their tahini paste for a full refund if they're part of the batch affected by the salmonella contamination.

After the serious E. coli outbreak this month, home cooks are becoming increasingly cautious with foods that are known to cause serious illnesses. Salmonella, in particular, can lead to diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps within 12 to 72 hours after coming in contact with the contaminated food—but, in addition to remaining aware of open recalls, here are a few ways to prevent (or treat) foodborne illnesses.