The company that makes the popular Sabra brand of hummus is voluntarily recalling about 30,000 cases of its product due to possible listeria contamination, the Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.
The recall involves only Sabra Classic Hummus with five SKU, or stock unit, numbers; those products were sold nationwide. Right now, no other products made by the company are involved in the recall.
The possible listeria contamination was discovered after the Michigan Department of Agriculture conducted routine inspections at a Kroger grocery store in Port Huron, Mich., on March 30, according to USA Today. Staff collected samples of the product for testing and the results came back a few days later positive for listeria.
Michigan officials alerted the FDA and inspectors in Virginia, where Sabra Dipping Co. is located, according to the newspaper.
No consumers have reported becoming sick from eating the hummus so far, according to the FDA.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Healthy people who become infected can come down with symptoms like high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, which usually last only a few days. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, the FDA says.
To date, there have been no reports indicating that these products have caused any illness.
The hummus packages that are subject to the recall are listed below. They were sold at grocery stores and through food service accounts in locations across the country. You can find the codes and "use by" dates on the top of each package.
If you have one of the packages in question you should throw it out or return it to the store where you purchased it for a refund.
Questions can be directed to Sabra at 888-957-2272.
These are the codes:
040822011143/300067 – Sabra Classic, 10 oz. – 3-059/Best before May 11;
040822011143/300067 – Sabra Classic 10 oz. - 3-060/Best before May 15
040822014687/300074 – Sabra Classic, 30 oz. – 3-059/Best before May 11
040822342049/301216 – Sabra Classic Without Garnish, 32 oz. – 3-059/Best before May 11
040822017497/301290 – Sabra Classic, 17 oz. Six Pack – 3-058/Best before May 11
040822017497/301290 – Sabra Classic, 17 oz. Six Pack – 3-059/Best before May 11
040822342209/301283 – Hummus Dual Pack Classic/Garlic – 3-058/Best before May 11