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Ziyad Brothers Issues Nationwide Recall of Tahini Because of Possible Health Risk

Sonia Ziad

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- April 11, 2005 -- Ziyad Brothers Importing is voluntarily recalling its Ziyad brand Tahini due to possible contamination with Salmonella Senftenberg.  The possible contamination was noted after testing by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Salmonella Senftenberg is 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, 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.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the Ziyad brand Tahini.

The product is distributed nationwide and is sold in glass jars 16oz., 32oz., 64oz., and a 128 oz. plastic jar. The product is also sold in 40 pound containers labeled “Tahini 100% Crushed Sesame Seeds Made in Lebanon packed by A.O. Ghandour Sons S.A.L., Distributed by Ziyad Brothers Importing.” There are no lot numbers on the containers.

Production and shipment of the product has been suspended by the Illinois Department of Public Health while the FDA and Ziyad continue their investigation as to the source of the potential problem. 

“Although we do not know if our plain Tahini was contaminated, we are taking the precaution of recalling the product,” said a representative of Ziyad Brothers  Importing. 

Consumers who have purchased Ziyad brand plain Tahini should dispose of it or return it to the store of purchase.  Consumers with questions may contact the firm’s Recall Coordinator, Sonia Ziad, at or at 708-222-8330.

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