Tnuva’s milk powder production line was found to be contaminated with Salmonella after a test came back positive for the bacteria, the Health Ministry said on Friday, according to Walla News.
The ministry reportedly ordered Tnuva to carry out a recall of milk powder produced between August 8 and 25, 2021, and instructed the institutions that received the milk powder to refrain from using it until the conclusion of the investigation.
According to the ministry statement, salmonella was first detected in the manufacturing plant on April 19, but it was not detected in the samples that were taken from finished food products. As a result, it instructed the company to continue conducting tests of the production facility and the raw ingredients.
Then, on the evening of April 21, a preliminary report showed indications of salmonella also being present in the raw material. However, because this was detected through a rapid test and not a full laboratory test, the manufacturer was not required by law to issue a recall at that stage.