Sabra Recalls Classic Hummus Due to Possible Listeria ContaminationApr 10, 2015
Sabra Dipping Co., LLC has announced the voluntary recall of approximately 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
This recall covers five SKUs of Classic Hummus sold nationwide. To date, no other Sabra product is affected by this recall, according to the recall announcement on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) web site.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and anyone with a weakened immune system. While healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeriosis (the infection cause by Listeria bacteria) can result in hospitalization and can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The company says that to date there have been no reports indicating that the hummus has caused any illnesses. The recalled Classic Hummus is packaged in various sizes, with Best Before dates of May 11 and May 15, 2015. A complete listing of the sizes and UPC numbers can be found on FDA web site. The code and use by dates are on the top of the package.
In another recent recall, Texas-based Blue Bell Ice Cream recalled ice-cream products distributed in nearly half the country because of three patient deaths in a Kansas hospital attributed to Listeria-contaminated Blue Bell ice cream.
According to Sabra’s recall notice, the potential listeria contamination was discovered in routine testing of a random sample collected on March 30th, 2015 by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
The FDA says that consumers who have any of these products on hand should dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions about the recall may call Sabra toll free 1-888-957-2272, Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time.
Food safety—and food-borne illness—is a serious concern: the CDC estimates that about 48 million Americans have a food-borne illness each year. In 2010, Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, making make significant improvements to the nation’s 70-year-old food safety system and giving the FDA new authority for actions to prevent outbreaks. But, according to the Congressional Budget Office, a shortfall in funding could undermine the full implementation of safety measures. The CBO said the FDA would need a total of $580 million from 2011 to 2015 but Congress has appropriated less than half that amount, the New York Times reports. The FDA proposed user fees to cover much of the cost of carrying out the provisions of the food safety law, but Congress rejected such proposals after lobbying by the food industry and this left food-safety programs underfunded.