Condiment Recalled Due to Salmonella


Company Announcement Date:
May 15, 2019
FDA Publish Date:
May 17, 2019
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement:
Food & Beverage Safety, Potential Foodborne Illness, Salmonella
Company Name:
Brodt Zenatti Holding LLC
Brand Name:
Product Description:

Company Announcement

Brodt Zenatti Holding LLC of Jupiter, Florida is recalling retail and bulk Karawan brand Tahini, sold in 16-ounce jars and 39-pound buckets that were imported from Palestine between the dates of December 2018 to January 2019, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which 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.
Karawan brand Tahini was directly distributed to New York and Texas. We currently know that distributors have thereafter shipped the product to Massachusetts and Virginia.
Specific information on how to identify the product includes:

  1. Name of product: Tahini
  2. Brand name: Karawan Tahini
  3. Unit size: Jar: 450g (15.87oz) and Buckets: 17kg (599.6 oz)
  4. Storage conditions: No refrigeration storage needed.
  5. Expiration Date (s): Two years from the production. The expiration date is located on the lid of the containers.

Four (4) illnesses have been reported to date.
This recall has been initiated due to New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene laboratory results from two samples of Karawan brand tahini testing positive for Salmonella. Brodt Zenatti Holding LLC has ceased the importation and distribution of the product as FDA and Brodt Zenatti Holding LLC continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Consumers who have purchased Karawan brand tahini are urged to destroy it or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Brodt Zenatti Holding LLC at 305-570-9050, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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