Sabra is recalling 30,000 cases of hummus over listeria concerns

Listeria concerns prompt recall of 30,000 cases of Sabra hummus

Sabra Dipping Co. is recalling 30,000 cases of its popular hummus dips due to concerns they may be tainted with listeria, the company and U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday.

The nationwide recall came after a random sample taken from a Michigan store tested positive for the deadly bacteria. Sabra says it was made aware of the possible contamination Tuesday.

The recall affects five SKU numbers of the company’s Classic Hummus products with “use by” dates of May 11 and May 15, the company said.

So far, there have been no reports of anyone being sickened by the hummus.

The Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems, and has been known to cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Healthy adults may experience symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Customers who bought any of the affected products should throw them away or return them to their place of purchase for a full refund, the company said.

In a separate listeria event, Blue Bell ice cream products are suspected to be the cause of a “complex and ongoing” outbreak of infections across at least two states, the CDC said Thursday. The products, made at facilities in Oklahoma and Texas, are now believed to have sickened eight people in Kansas and Texas over more than a year. Three of those people later died.

Blue Bell suspended operations at its Oklahoma facility on Friday, and issued a third recall in less than a month, this time of its banana pudding ice cream pints and other products made at that plant.

Testing at both Blue Bell facilities is ongoing, the CDC says.

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