One of the largest hummus manufacturers of the world, Sabra, has issued a recall for about 30,000 cases of hummus due to the recent contamination with Listeria. Listeria is a dangerous genus of bacteria which has caused a number of deaths in the past. It is the second recall owing to Listeria infestation and that too in a very short span of time. Blue Bell Creameries issued a recall for a large quantity of ice cream earlier this week as some of their goods tested positive for Listeria contamination. Eight people got poisoned with the bacteria after consuming the infected products and three among them died. However, no deaths have been reported so far in case of the hummus company.
The recall has been issued for classic hummus which comes in cases of 10-ounce, 17-ounce, 23 – ounce, 30-ounce and 32-ounce. This includes a total of 5 brands out of the 60 brands of hummus available in the market. The authorities decided to take action when one of the containers turned out positive for Listeria Mononcytogenes during a routine check by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to the officials, no one has been reported to be ill yet due to the ingestion of bacteria.
Representatives of the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention explained that food contaminated with Listeria might have devastating effect on the immune system of an individual and may provoke Listeriosis. Common symptoms include diarrhea, splitting headaches, fever, severe abdominal pain and nausea. People with deficient immune system are the most affected ones, including children, elderly and people infected with HIV.
Recently, the representatives of the company have released a statement mentioning that they are voluntarily cancelling the commercialization of some of their products. A list of affected products is available on their website. They have also stated that other goods are currently safe to eat. The action may cost the manufacturer a lot of money as well as consumers. Sabra probably will have to put in much effort to maintain its position as the biggest hummus producer in the world, which it gained in the year 2009.