What’s the Problem?
According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), this recall affects:
- 1lb and 2lb Kareem Chef brand “Halva”
- 1lb and 2lb Kareem Chef brand “Halva with Pistachio”
- 1lb and 2lb Kareem Chef brand “Halva with Chocolate”
Kareem Mart initiated this recall after determining that the above products may be contaminated with salmonella, “an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems,” FDA said. “Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.”
The potential for contamination was noted after testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) identified the presence of salmonella in the recalled halva. Production has been suspended while the FDA and Kareem Mart investigate the source of contamination.
What is Halva?
Halva is a traditional Middle Eastern fudge-like confection made with tahini (sesame seed paste), sugar, spices, and nuts. The dessert has a semi-sweet, nutty flavor and crumbly, fluffy texture. The Arabic word halva translates literally to “sweetness.”
The recalled Kareem Chef Halva was distributed to Mediterranean food stores and wholesalers in Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania from March 2020 to February 2021.
If you purchased any halva that is affected by this recall, you should not eat it, and either throw it away or return it to the point of purchase for a refund.
If you ate halva and are now experiencing any of the food poisoning symptoms listed above, you should call your doctor immediately.
This recall began on March 26, 2021.
Do I Have a Halva Lawsuit? Contact a Food Poisoning Lawyer.
The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Halva Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new salmonella infection cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one had symptoms of food poisoning after eating recalled halva, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.