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Possible salmonella contamination: Illinois company recalls Ghandour Halva

Ziyad Brothers Importing of Cicero, Illinois, is voluntarily recalling all lots and flavors of both regular and sugar free Ghandour Halva due to possible salmonella contamination.

The products were recalled after testing by the Food and Drug Administration found three different types of the halva contaminated with salmonella. The products are sold in 16 and 32 ounce plastic containers and are distributed nationwide. Salmonella 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 symptoms similar to a bad case of the flu.

Halva is a Middle Eastern confection usually made from ground sesame seed and honey, sometimes with the addition of chopped dried fruit and pistachio nuts.