Another day, another food recall issued due to a listeria scare.
Sabra dipping company issued a statement on Nov. 19 for a voluntary recall of certain hummus products made prior to Nov. 8, 2016. You might recognize the name Sabra because it's a pretty dang popular brand -- unfortunately, 57 different varieties of hummus have been recalled.
The FDA notes that the recall is due to "Listeria monocytogenes, which was identified at the manufacturing facility but not in tested finished product."
In case you were wondering, "Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The company is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution."
So, yeah. Even if listeria wasn't found in the tested finished products, it's probably better for us all to play it safe rather than sorry.
If you have a Sabra product with a "Best Before" date spanning through Jan. 23, 2017, then you are urged to discard it. Additionally, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm eastern time, consumers can contact Sabra Consumer Relations at 1-866-265-6761 for additional information.
"We have invested heavily in technology and enhancing our processes and protocols, with guidance and input from external experts, to develop and put in place industry-leading food safety procedures, such as testing finished product from the production line every two minutes for pathogens including listeria," Sabra said in a statement. "We want to reassure our consumers that our procedures include extensive finished product testing, and no products tested positive for contaminants. We are taking action because consumer safety is a top priority.
"Everyone here is working our hardest to minimize the impact, so we can get back to doing what we love most -- bringing the Sabra community delicious fresh foods. The people at Sabra remain committed to producing and delivering great tasting and wholesome hummus made with kitchen fresh ingredients that consumers can enjoy with peace of mind."