The United States Food and Drug Administration announced Saturday that Sabra hummus products were recalled because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
Although the products which were tested hadn’t been contaminated, the bacteria were found in a company’s plant which manufactured the products before the 8th of November. The Sabra hummus packages were shipped to retail outlets across Canada and the US.
The FDA officials urge consumers to discard any Sabra hummus product which will expire on January 23rd, 2017. The date is listed on every package. The list of the recalled products is on the Sabra official website.
The possibly contaminated products are the garlic, red pepper, and classic hummus. It is worth mentioning that the Sabra Greek Yogurt Dips, Sabra Guacamole, Sabra Salsa, and Organic Hummus are not included in the massive recall.
In the case of an infection, the common symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, stiffness, muscle aches, and fever. More precisely, it is a mild condition called listeriosis. Those most at risk are children, pregnant women, seniors, and people with weak immune systems.
In pregnant women, the infection may cause premature delivery, stillbirth, and the infection of the baby. Fortunately, this condition is rarely deadly. These bacteria can be found in frozen fruits and vegetables as well because it is one of the few parasites that survive at freezing temperatures.
That is why experts advise people to thoroughly cook their food before eating it, rather than heating it in the microwaves where the heat is uneven.
The company has previously recalled roughly 30,000 hummus cases last year, in April, due to possible Listeria contamination.
The U.S. recall has been triggered by the recall in Canada. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) started a comprehensive investigation which might issue the recall of several other Sabra products too.
If other products test positive for Listeria monocytogenes, the CFIA officials will alert consumers in a short notice. The agency states that the consumers are strongly recommended to discard the products or to return them to the market for a full refund.
Also, the CFIA teams are currently verifying if the markets have removed the possibly contaminated Sabra hummus from their shelves. For additional info and other questions, consumers can reach a company’s representative at 1-866-265-6761 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.