Karawan tahini products recalled due to salmonella risk

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(Karawan via FDA)

Florida-based Brodt Zenatti Holdings LLC is recalling all of its tahini products due to the risk of salmonella contamination. Tahini is a condiment made from ground sesame seeds.

Salmonella infection can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product, according to health experts.

Zenatti is recalling retail and bulk Karawan brand tahini, sold in 16-ounce jars and 39-pound buckets. However, other importers may have imported Karawan, El-Karawan, and Halva brand tahini, the FDA said.

The FDA issued this message to consumers: "This tahini was sold in bulk to retailers and restaurants and was also available to consumers at retail locations and online. It may have also been used in other food products sold to consumers. Consumers should be aware that this product has a shelf life of two years and should check their homes for tahini with either label. Consumers with this tahini in their home should not eat it and should discard it. Consumers with concerns about tahini consumed outside the home should ask their restaurant or retailer if the product they have purchased contains this tahini."

The FDA is also urging retailers and restaurants to throw out the recalled tahini and sanitize any surfaces that the tahini touched. 

Tahini can be served on its own or also used in hummus, falafel, baba ghanoush, and other dishes.

If you have any questions, you can contact Brodt Zenatti at 305-570-9050.