When I saw the subject of this latest recall, my heart almost stopped.
While I've yet to have been affected by the latest slew of mass recalls, this one really hit me hard.
Not because I'd bought one of the specific recalled products, but because the recall introduced danger and fear into a world that was once safe, happy and full of chickpea creaminess ...
That's right. I'm talking about the wonderful world of hummus.
Not that this is the first hummus recall ever, but still. Gets me every time.
House of Thraller Foods, a refrigerated foods company, has voluntarily recalled three brands of its hummus due to potential listeria contamination. The brands, which are sold nationally at places like Walmart and Target, include Fresh Foods Market, Marketside and Lantana.
"An ingredient supplier notified us that their ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes," reads the company's announcement as posted on the FDA website.
And trust me, you don’t want to take the chance of eating that hummus and carrots with a side of listeria.
Listeria is a foodborne disease-causing bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with weak immune systems, according to the FDA website.
While healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths for pregnant women.
All the hummus products that are being recalled contain Roasted Pine Nuts topping provided by supplier HVF, Inc.
“Routine sampling of a different item produced by the supplier for a different company revealed positive Listeria Monocytogenes findings,” according to the FDA website. “HVF, Inc. is recalling all products made in their facility during the time of the potential contamination.”
The hummus products were distributed nationwide though various grocery retailers from April 18, 2017 to June 13, 2017. They were also distributed in Canada on April 20, 2017.
Luckily, no illnesses have been reported to date in relation to the recall, according to the FDA website.
If you have any of the recalled hummus at home, you should not consume it. To check your product, view the expiration and lot codes at FDA.gov.
I'll definitely be checking, since I currently have about five tubs of hummus in my fridge.