Sabra Hummus Recalled for Listeria Food Poisoning RiskApril 9, 2015 — Sabra Dipping Co., LLC has announced a recall for 30,000 cases of Classic Hummus due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.

No reports of food poisoning have been linked to Sabra Classic Hummus or any other Sabra product.

The contamination was discovered during a routine, random sample of product collected at a retail location on March 30, 2015 by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

All of the products are marked with “Best By” dates of May 11. In addition, Classic Hummus 10-oz which also has a “Best By” date of May 15.

The following products are being recalled:

  • Sabra Classic Hummus 10-oz
  • Sabra Classic Hummus 30-oz
  • Sabra Classic Hummus without Garnish (32-oz)
  • Sabra Classic Hummus 17-oz Six Pack
  • Hummus Dual Pack Classic/Garlic 23.5-oz

Listeria Food Poisoning

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that is commonly found in soil and water. Animals (such as dairy cows) can also be infected with the bacteria without showing symptoms and transfer it to meat or milk products.

Although infections with Listeria are rare, they tend to be very serious — especially for young children, older adults, and people with vulnerable immune systems. The most serious complications are bacteremia (blood infection) and meningitis.

The FDA warns:

“Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”

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