February 20, 2020

More Karawan Tahini Recalled In Wake of Salmonella Outbreak

The Salmonella Concord outbreak that is linked to imported Karawan Tahini has sickened four people in three states. One person has been hospitalized. There have been no updates on this outbreak since late May 2019, but the FDA has announced another recall of the tahini. You can see pictures of product photos at the FDA web site.

Brodt Zenatti Holding of Jupiter, Florida, the importer of record, is recalling all retail and bulk Karawan Tahini that is sold in 450 gram (15.87 ounce) jars, 17 kg (599.6 ounce) buckets, and in 3 kg (105.8 ounce) buckets. The product was imported from Palestine between December 2018 and April 2019. SoCo brand Tahini in 380 gram (13.4 ounce) packages is also recalled. These products may be contaminated with Salmonella Concord bacteria.

The Karawan Tahini was directly distributed to New York and Texas. Some distributors did ship the product to Massachusetts and Virginia. The people sickened in this outbreak live in New York, Texas, and Massachusetts.

This recall was initiated because of New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene laboratory results. Two samples of Karawan brand tahini tested positive for Salmonella. Brodt Zenatti Holding has stopped importing this product and is no longer distributing it while an investigation is ongoing.

The expiration date on this product is two years from the date of production. No refrigeration is needed. Some of this product may be in consumers’ homes.

If you purchased any of these products, do not eat them. Throw them away in a sealed container in a secure garbage can with a lid. You can also return them to the store where you purchased them for a full refund.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea that may be bloody. Symptoms usually start 12 to 72 hours after exposure. If you have eaten these products and have been ill, see your doctor.

Karawan Tahini Salmonella Recall


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