What you should know about the Sabra hummus recall
First Amy’s Kitchen and now Sabra?!
Listeria, a deadly bacteria found in the digestive tracts of many animals, appears to be the culprit in massive recalls from the two companies with hummus purveyor Sabra announcing last night that the germ has contaminated approximately 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus, all with “Best By” dates of May 11 and May 15.
In a statement shared on the company’s Facebook page, Sabra announced that the recall decision was voluntary and that, “All other Sabra products are safe to eat. To date, there have been no reports indicating that these products have caused any illness.”
On their website, they list the products that may have been contaminated, including the Classic Hummus 6-pack and 10oz container. “The potential for contamination was discovered when a routine, random sample collected at a retail location on March 30th, 2015 by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes,” notes a rep on the Sabra website. “Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged to dispose of or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.”
Meanwhile, Sabra has be fielding tons of comments on Facebook from concerned customers who want to know more about the contaminated products and the symptoms of Listeria.
Listeria is transmitted to food products when animal waste—either from contaminated water or from the animals themselves—touches crops used in food products. The bacteria is especially hard to get rid of due to its ability to survive even after food has been cooked. Once consumed, those affected experience diarrhea and vomiting that can lead to severe dehydration.
Still, there’s no need to start freaking out quite yet: First, listeria is most harmful to select groups of people, including babies, the elderly, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems. If you don’t fall into any of those categories, chances are the bacteria won’t make you seriously ill or even affect you at all, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
But if you are living with people who fall into those groups, be extra vigilant about cleaning and cooking food properly and regularly checking on the progress of the outbreak (which you can do by checking with the FDA here). Otherwise, let’s hope this upsetting trend resolves itself as soon as possible.
(Image via Sabra)