Hummus lovers, you may want to read this. Sabra Dipping Company has voluntarily recalled some of its hummus products and spreads, Nov. 21, due to possible Listeria contamination. Click here to see a list of all products recalled by the popular food company, and to learn five key things about the recall.
Sabra Dipping Company is most likely doing major damage control right now. The popular food producer has recalled certain hummus and spread products [Nov. 21] for possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes found at the manufacturing facility. “We’re recalling this product out of an abundance of caution,” the company said on its website. Check out five key things you should know about the recall below.
1. Sabra put out an official notice on their Twitter page and their website, as well as the US Food and Drug Administration. Sabra’s official statement is below:
We are disappointed to share the news of a voluntary recall with the Sabra community today. pic.twitter.com/bz26Bfey7w
— Sabra (@Sabra) November 20, 2016
2. What products were recalled and where were they distributed?
The products were distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts and supermarkets in the U.S. and Canada.The full list of recalled products can be found on Sabra’s website or the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Some of the hummus products include Sabra’s Classic, Garlic, Olive, Red Pepper, Pine Nut Hummus and more. Spreads included in the recall are Spicy Chili, Garlic Herb, Honey Mustard, and Salt & Pepper.
Aside from the products on the official list, NO other Sabra products are affected. Sabra products NOT INCLUDED in the recall are: Sabra Organic Hummus, Sabra Salsa, Sabra Guacamole and Sabra Greek Yogurt Dips, per the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
3. What is the date of the products recalled so I know what to throw out or what to stay away from?
The products that are being recalled were made prior to November 8, 2016. Consumers who have any of the recalled products with a “Best Before” date up through January 23, 2017 are urged to discard it, per Sabra. You can locate code and the “Best Before” date on the lid of each package.
Listeria monocytogenes were found at the manufacturing facility, but it was not identified in products that have been tested.
4. What is Listeria?
Listeria (Listeriosis) is a type of food-borne illness. It is food poisoning caused by consuming food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a type of bacteria. Monocytogenes are found in soil and water. Foods that are common to contract listeria are vegetables, meats and dairy products, processed foods like soft cheeses and cold cuts, and unpasteurized (raw) milk or foods, per Web MD.
5. Is it deadly?
Yes, in some cases. Listeria can lead to death if not treated properly, and it also depends on the person. Healthier individuals may only experience minor symptoms such as fever or diarrhea. However, there are others who are more at risk. Pregnant women, children, the elderly and individuals with weakened immune systems can experience a more serious result of Listeria, if it is consumed. Listeria can cause miscarriages in pregnant women.
For at risk individuals Listeria can cause serious fevers, confusion, headaches, body and muscle aches and convulsions. If you develop any of these symptoms it is always encouraged to seek medical attention and inform your doctor. Symptoms vary, but usually include fever, stiffness, abdominal pain, muscle aches, nausea, and diarrhea. The CDC (Center For Disease Control and Prevention) estimated that approximately 1600 illnesses and 260 deaths due to listeriosis happen in the U.S.
This is not the first recall for Sabra’s products. In April 2015 Sabra recalled 30,000 cases due to possible Listeria contamination.
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