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Sabra Issues Major Hummus Recall Over Listeria Fears

The potently dangerous, yet often forgotten, foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes is really on a bid to make itself known this season. Today Sabra ...

Frazer Jones
|Apr 9|magazine6 min read

The potently dangerous, yet often forgotten, foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes is really on a bid to make itself known this season. Today Sabra Dipping Company announced a voluntary recall of approximately 30,000 cases of Classic Hummus, due to the fact that the cases may be contaminated with the Listeria pathogen.

According to a joint press release issued by Sabra Dipping Company and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the contamination was found during a routine sample collection taken on March 30 by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The sample tested positive for Listeria, which has in turn led to the recall.

Five items have been affected by the recall. These include:

  • UPC/SKU: 040822011143 / 300067 (Sabra Classic Hummus 10 oz)
    • Use By Date: 3 059 Best Before/Meilleur Avant 2015 May 11 / 3 060  Best Before/Meilleur Avant 2015 May 15
  • UPC/SKU: 040822014687 / 300074 (Sabra Classic Hummus 30 oz)
    • Use By Date: 3 059  Best Before/Meilleur Avant 2015 May 11
  • UPC/SKU: 040822342049 / 301216 (Sabra Classic Hummus without Garnish 32oz)
    • Use By Date: 3 059  Best Before/Meilleur Avant 2015 May 11
  • UPC/SKU: 040822017497 / 301290 (Sabra Classic Hummus 17oz Six Pack)
    • Use By Dates: 3 058  Best Before/Meilleur Avant 2015 May 11 / 3 059  Best Before/Meilleur Avant 2015 May 11
  • UPC/SKU: 040822342209 / 301283 (Hummus Dual Pack Classic / Garlic 23.5oz)
    • Use By Date: 3 058 Best Before/Meilleur Avant 2015 May 11

So far no cases of Listeria have been linked to Sabra hummus, but the company isn’t taking any chances. In most patients, the bacteria will cause severe food poisoning symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and headaches. But in young children, the elderly, and other immune-compromised people it can be deadly. As the New York Times points out, Blue Bell ice cream contaminated with the Listeria pathogen led to five hospitalizations and three deaths between 2011 and 2014.

Sabra is encouraging anyone with a product that fits the recall description to either dispose of the product or take it back to the point of purchase for a full refund. Anyone with further questions is directed to try calling Sabra’s toll free number at 1-888-957-2272, Monday – Friday 9:00AM to 4:30PM Central Time.