Sabra Hummus Recall Issued Due to Risk of Listeria Poisoning

An estimated 30,000 cases of Sabra Classic Hummus products have been recalled, after random sample testing by a state health department indicated the presence of listeria monocytogens, a serious and sometimes fatal foodborne bacteria. 

The Sabra hummus recall was announced by the FDA on April 8, after being notified by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development that random sample testing tested positive for listeria. To date, the FDA is not aware of any listeria food poisoning cases linked to the recalled hummus.

The recall includes 10 oz. Sabra Classic Hummus with SKU number 300067 and “Best Before” dates May 11, 2015 and May 15, 2015, 30 oz. Classic Hummus with SKU number 300074 and “Best Before” date May 11, 2015, 32 oz. Classic Hummus without Garnish with SKU number 301216 and “Best Before” date May 11, 2015, 17 oz. Classic Hummus six packs with SKU number 301290 and “Best Before” dates May 11, 2015, and 23.5 oz. Hummus Dual Pack Classic/Garlic with SKU number 301283 and “Best Before” date May 11, 2015.

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The FDA announced that only the above specified products are included in the recall and no other Sabra Hummus or dipping products are impacted by the listeria contamination.

According to the CDC, about 2,500 cases of Listeriosis are reported each year, of which about 500 typically result in death.People most impacted by the infection are those with weakened immune systems such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. Listeria infections in pregnant women have been known to cause pregnancy complications such as still births and miscarriages.

Symptoms of listerosis typically involve muscle ache, nausea, diarrhea, and fever but in more severe cases it can spread from the intestines in to the blood stream and nervous system causing meningitis and other complications usually leading to hospitalizations or fatalities.

The recalled Hummus products were processed by Sabra Dipping Co., LLC of Colonial Heights, Virginia where they were distributed for sale throughout the U.S. to various retail outlets including service accounts and supermarkets.

Sabra and the FDA are encouraging customers and retailers to check their inventory and immediately stop selling or consuming the recalled products. Customers with recalled containers should either dispose of the container or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. For further questions or concerns customers should contact 1-888-957-2272.


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