Hummus Watch: Sabra Recalls Products

Dipping company Sabra issued a voluntary recall on several products Saturday due to possible contamination from Listeria monocytogenes at one of its plants. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the products were manufactured prior to November 8 and have an expiration date of January 23, 2017. Sabra’s organic yogurt dips, salsas, guacamole and hummus were not included in the recall.

The symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes infection include diarrhea, aching muscles, fever, abdominal pain and stiffness throughout the body. The bacteria can be fatal to senior citizens, young children and people with compromised immune systems. Anyone who thinks they may have contracted Listeria should seek immediate medical attention. The illness is treated with antibiotics and most healthy people completely recover.

The FDA said that Sabra had tested batches of the suspicious products and did not find Listeria. The plant in question was cleaned and no longer contains any trace of the bacteria. The company did not specify exactly which products were involved in the recall and only provided a list of excluded items.

Saturday’s recall was the second in two years for Sabra. In 2015, the company was forced to recall 30,000 cases of hummus and issue a public warning about possible Listeria contamination.

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