Colonial Heights, Virginia-based Sabra Dipping Co. announced that it is voluntarily recalling around 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus sold in the United States because of a possible contamination with the food-borne illness Listeria monocytogenes, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium “that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems,” according to the FDA, adding that “although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”
According to a review article in the Journal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection, “Listeria is more likely to cause death than other bacteria that cause food poisoning. In fact 20 to 30% of food borne listeriosis infections in high-risk individuals may be fatal.”
The recalled items are Sabra Classic Hummus 10 oz, Sabra Classic Hummus 30 oz, Sabra Classic Hummus without Garnish 32oz, Sabra Classic Hummus 17oz Six Pack and Hummus Dual Pack Classic/Garlic 23.5oz.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with these products.
Sabra recently expanded its Richmond area operations with an addition that doubled its plant capacity. Sabra’s decision to open the world’s largest hummus production facility in Virginia was made possible by the Virginia Israel Advisory Board – a government agency that incentivizes Israeli companies to locate in Virginia.