It’s once again in the news, but this time for hummus. The bacteria were found in Sabra Classic Hummus brand products during a routine food inspection of a Kroger grocery store, when an inspector found the presence of listeria monocytogenes in a single container of Sabra classic hummus. The find led Sabra to issue a recall of 30,000 cases of the hummus to be safe. There currently have been no human listeria infections linked to the Sabra hummus. If you have Sabra hummus in your refrigerator, these are the names, SKU numbers and best before dates of the hummus being recalled:
- Sabra Classic Hummus, 10 ounce – 040822011143/300067 – 3-059/Best before May 11
- Sabra Classic Hummus, 10 ounce – 040822011143/300067 – 3-060/Best before May 15
- Sabra Classic Hummus, 30 ounce – 040822014687/300074 – 3-059/Best before May 11
- Sabra Classic Hummus without Garnish, 32 ounce – 040822342049/301216 – 3-059/Best before May 11
- Sabra Classic Hummus, 17 ounce Six Pack – 040822017497/301290 – 3-058/Best before May 11
- Sabra Classic Hummus, 17 ounce Six Pack – 040822017497/301290 – 3-059/Best before May 11
- Sabra Classic/Garlic Hummus Dual Pack – 040822342209/301283 – 3-058/Best before May 11
If you have any of the above containers in your home, but have not opened or consumed any of the hummus, they can be returned to the store where you purchased it for a full refund so it can be properly disposed of. This is better than placing it in your own trash, where it has the potential to sicken pets or wildlife that may get into it by accident. For those with general questions about the recall, you can contact Sabra Dipping Co, at 888-957-2272.
For those who consumed the product and who have not felt well over the last few days, you should immediately call your local health department. In addition, you should contact your doctor to let them know of the possibility, then also sit down and write a list of everything you have consumed in the last 2 to 3 days before you started feeling ill. Making this list can help officials trace the source of your illness and rule out other food you may have consumed.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes listeria can cause severe headaches, high fevers, nausea, stiffness, diarrhea and abdominal pain in healthy individuals, but it is rarely deadly. It can, however, cause much more serious, and even deadly infections in the elderly, those with weakened immune systems and young children. It can also cause stillbirths and miscarriages in women who are pregnant.