US: Fear of Listeria contaminations in Sabra hummus

The US Food and Drug Administration announced that Sabra will be recalling hummus products from the US and Canada due to possible Listeria contaminations. Sabra announced a recall of products with a “Best Before” date through January 2017.
Sabra hummus Photo credit: Sabra/ Channel 2 News

Yesterday (Saturday), Sabra Dipping Company, a US-based company belonging to Strauss, announced a recall of hummus products. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recall is voluntary and was initiated by the company for products manufactured before November 8th due to possible Listeria contaminations.

According to the FDA announcement, Sabra found Listeria bacteria in the manufacturing facility but not in the products that were tested and placed on store shelves. The company is urging consumers not to use any hummus products sold in supermarkets and restaurants in the US and Canada with a “Best Before” date through January 2017.

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The full list of contaminated products can be found on the FDA and Sabra websites. However, Sabra stated that there is no danger in the rest of its products such as the company’s salsa, guacamole and Greek yogurt.

Listeria bacteria could cause deadly infections among children, the elderly and other populations with weak immune systems. Symptoms involve fever, muscle pains, stomach pains and diarrhea.

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