Company Announcement Date:
May 15, 2019
FDA Publish Date:
May 16, 2019
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement:

Recall Reason

Food & Beverage Safety, Potential Foodborne Illness, Salmonella

Company Name:
Broddzenatti Holding LLC
Brand Name:

Brand Name(s)

Product Description:

Product Description

Company Announcement

Broddzenatti 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 distributed in the following states: New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Texas and distributors sold the product to retail stores.

Specific information on how to identify the product includes:

  1. Name of product: Tahini
  2. Brand name: Karawan Tahini
  3. Unit size: 16-ounce plastic retail jars and 39-pound plastic bulk buckets
  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. Broddzenatti Holding LLC has ceased the importation and distribution of the product as FDA and Broddzenatti 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 Broddzenatti Holding LLC at 305-570-9050, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Company Contact Information

Avi Zenatti

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