It’s a delicious and healthy snack. If your hummus of choice is the Sabra brand, take note. White Plains, NY-based Sabra Dipping co. this week issued a recall of 30,000 cases of hummus, warning consumers of a possible Listeria contamination. The contamination potential was discovered when a routine, random sample collected at a Michigan store on March 30 tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Named for Joseph Lister, the English pioneer of sterile surgery, Lysteria is a form of bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of a Listeria-caused illness can include high fever, severe headache, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Pregnant women and their babies are at particular risk, as Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. Affected units include:
- Sabra Classic Hummus, 10-oz packages with use-by dates of May 11 and May 15
- Sabra Classic Hummus, 30-oz packages with a use-by date of May 11
- Sabra Classic Hummus without Garnish, 32-oz packages with a use-by date of May 11
- Sabra Classic Hummus, 17-oz Six Pack with a use-by date of May 11
- Hummus Dual Pack Classic/Garlic, 23.5-oz with a use-by date of May 11
Thus far, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled hummus products, but officials with the company and the US Food and Drug Administration are urging those who have recently purchased Sabra products to heed warnings. If you recently bought a recalled package and have not yet eaten from it, return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. However, if you have eaten from a package that you believe may be contaminated, see your doctor for treatment of any symptoms, keep the product and package intact and call 800-251-1111 to speak with product liability attorney with Jacksonville’s Harrell and Harrell.