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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Ziyad Brothers Issues Nationwide Recall of Ghandour Halva Because Of Possible Health Risk

Sonia Ziad

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Cicero, IL -- May 19, 2005 -- Ziyad Brothers Importing is voluntarily recalling Ghandour Halva, all lots and flavors of both regular and sugar free halva,due to possible contamination with Salmonella sp.  The possible contamination was noted after testing by the Food and Drug Administration found lot number 233401 of Sugar Free Plain Halva, lot 233402 of Sugar Free Pistachio Halva and lots 233404 and 233406 of Extra Pistachio Halva contaminated with Salmonella sp. Salmonella sp. 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 Ghandour Halva.

The product is distributed nationwide and is sold in 16 and 32 ounce plastic container.

We have discontinued importing this item from Ghandour until the problem is resolved.

Consumers who have purchased Ghandour Halva 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 info@ziyad.com or at 708-222-8330.


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