Company adds halva to its list of recalled products because of Salmonella testing

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Phoenicia Group Inc. is recalling Al-Rabih brand halva because Canadian authorities discovered Salmonella during a routine inspection.

The company has recently issued two recalls for its tahini because of Salmonella findings, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Click here for the previous recall information about the company’s tahini products.

The new recall for Al-Rabih brand halva involves product that was distributed possibly nationwide, but for certain in the provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

There is concern that consumers may have the recalled halva in their homes. No illnesses had been confirmed as of June 25.

“Check to see if you have the recalled product in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased,” the CFIA warns. “The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.”

Consumers can use the following information to determine whether they have the recalled halva.

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Al-Rabih Halva / Halawa –
Plain / Traditional
454 g 7 70338 10055 9 Lot #184 34520
Best before 01/DE/22

About Salmonella infections

Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria does not usually look, smell, or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection. Infants, children, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile, according to the CDC.

Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled halva and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. Sick people should tell their doctors about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria because special tests are necessary to diagnose salmonellosis. Salmonella infection symptoms can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnosis.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Otherwise, healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients require hospitalization.

Older adults, children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop a severe illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions.

Some people get infected without getting sick or showing any symptoms. However, they may still spread the infections to others.

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