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Hummus listeria recall: Trader Joe's and Sabra share health risks

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Do you have the recalled hummus from Trader Joe's and Sabra in your refrigerator, and are you risking your health?


The recent recall of hummus from two different brands, Trader Joe's and Sabra, is placing the spotlight back on Listeria monocytogenes. If you have one of these products in your refrigerator, then you need to check them. Listeria can cause multiple health problems, and you should not ignore the risks.

Products affected by the hummus listeria recall

Two companies, Trader Joe's and Sabra, are recalling multiple hummus products because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. You want to check the names, expiration dates and codes on any tubs of hummus from these brands. The brands recommend that you dispose of the recalled items or return them to the store for a refund.

Trader Joe's White Bean & Basil Hummus. Only products with the SKU 91107 code and use by dates up through and including 12/15/16 are affected by the recall. They also have a plant identification code C.

Trader Joe's Mediterranean Hummus. Only products with the SKU 90642 and use by dates up through and including 12/15/16 are affected by the recall. They also have a plant identification code C.

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Sabra Hummus. The FDA has compiled a long list of Sabra hummus products that are affected by the recall. They include classic, garlic, jalapeno, olive, pine nut, red pepper, supremely spicy, spinach & artichoke, sun dried tomato, basil-pesto, Tuscan herb garden and other flavors. Multiple codes and package sizes are being recalled, so it is recommended that you check the FDA list for updates.

Where was Listeria found?

Sabra has shared that Listeria monocytogenes was found at a manufacturing facility that produces its hummus. However, the company points out that Listeria has not been found in the finished products. On the other hand, Trader Joe's has mentioned that Listeria monocytogenes was discovered after testing other finished products at one manufacturing facility. Bakkavor Foods USA Inc. is the company that supplies hummus to Trader Joe's stores.

It is not clear if there is a connection between the Trader Joe's and Sabra hummus recalls. There are still questions about the sources of the Listeria contamination. Both companies are tracking the information, and the FDA states that there are no reports of illness at this time.

Why is Listeria dangerous

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can be deadly and causes symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, cramps, fever and headaches. It is considered to be more dangerous for those with weakened immune systems or pregnant women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mentions that Listeria is one of the most common reasons for foodborne illness. Listeria monocytogenes can hide on manufacturing equipment or appliances, and it is strong enough to survive refrigeration.

If you have hummus from Sabra or Trader Joe's in your refrigerator, then it is important that you check the label to make sure it is not part of the recall. The companies recommend that you immediately discard affected products or ask for a refund from the stores where you purchased them.