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CDPH Warns Consumers Not to E​​at Shemshad Products

February 27, 2024

Shemshad jarred food products were produced outside CDPH Cannery Program oversight, putting consumers at risk for serious illness

What You Need​​ to Know: The California Department of Public Health is warning consumers not to eat Shemshad's Litteh Pickle and Pickeled Diced Vegetables, Eggplant, Garlic, and HaftBijar food products due to potential Clostridium botulinum contamination. Products were sold at grocery stores in southern California. Photographs are available below.

Sacramento – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers not to eat multiple varieties of Shamshad Food's jarred food items because they were produced outside of the CDPH Cannery Program oversight, making them susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum. Ingestion of botulism toxin from improperly processed jarred and canned foods may lead to serious illness and death.

The following varieties of Shemshad Food jarred products should not be consumed:

  • Litteh Pickle
  • Pickled Diced Vegetables (all lot codes except SD31123125)
  • Pickled Eggplants (all lot codes)
  • Pickled Garlic (all lot codes except SG31223125)
  • Pickled HaftBijar (all lot codes)

The food products were sold at grocery stores in southern California including Woodland Hills Market in Woodland Hills, Q Market in Van Nuys, and Wholesome Choice Market in Irvine. Consumers that observe the product being offered for sale are encouraged to report the activity to the CDPH toll free complaint line at (800) 495-3232.

CDPH issued a Notice of Violation to Shemshad in January 2024 and the result of the ongoing investigation may subject the firm to further action up to and including license revocation.

At this time, Shemshad, based in Los Angeles, is voluntarily recalling its Litteh Pickle and Pickeled Diced Vegetables, Eggplant, Garlic, and HaftBijar products. These products are under the Shemshad brand name in 16 ounce glass jars with screw-on metal lids. Photographs are included below.

Botulism toxin is odorless and colorless, so consumers will be unable to determine if their product is affected. Consumers who have any of this product or any foods made with this product should discard them immediately. Double bag the jars in plastic bags that are tightly closed then place in a trash receptacle for non-recyclable trash outside of the home. Consumers should wear rubber or latex gloves if possible, when handling these products or wash your hands with soap and running water for at least two minutes after handling any food or containers that may be contaminated.

Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The initial symptoms frequently experienced are double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, and dry or sore throat. Progressive descending paralysis, usually symmetrical, may follow. Additional symptoms may include slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, inability of the neck muscles to support the head, paralysis of the extremities and respiratory muscles may occur. Infants with botulism appear lethargic, feed poorly, are constipated, have a weak cry, and poor muscle tone.​​

CDPH recommends consumers experiencing any ill effects after consuming these products should consult their health care provider.​​

Litteh Pickle (Front)
Litteh Pickle (Back)
​Litteh Pickle (Front)
​Litteh Pickle (Back)
Pickled Eggplant (Front)
Pickled Eggplant (Back)
Pickled Eggplant (Front)
Pickled Eggplant (Back)
Pickled Garlic (Front)
Pickled Garlic (Back)
​Pickled Garlic (Front)
Pickled Garlic (Back)
Pickled HaftBijar (Front)
Pickled HaftBijar (Back)
Pickled HaftBijar (Front)

​​​Pickled HaftBijar (Back)

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