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Sabra Hummus Recalled Over Listeria Fears

April 9, 2015
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Popular hummus maker Sabra has recalled about 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus due to possible contamination with listeria.

The Virginia-based company announced the voluntary recall on Wednesday, a day after it says it discovered the problem.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes deadly infections in young children, elderly people and others with weak immune systems.

While 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.

Sabra says no illnesses related to the hummus have been reported.

The problem was discovered when a routine, random sample collected at a store in Michigan by the state’s Department of Agriculture tested positive for listeria.

The nationwide recall is limited to Sabra’s Classic Hummus product and the affected servings all have a “best by” date of May 11 or May 15.

It is limited to five stock units, or SKUs. Those numbers, which can be found on the package, are 300067, 300074, 301216, 301290 and 301283.

Specifically, the products consumers should be on the lookout for are: Sabra Classic Hummus, 10-ounce; Sabra Classic Hummus, 30-ounce, Sabra Classic Hummus without Garnish, 32-ounce; Sabra Classic Hummus, 17-ounce six-pack and Hummus Dual Pack Classic/Garlic, 23.5-ounce.

Consumers should discard any of those packages, or return them for a refund. Anyone with questions may contact Sabra at 888-957-2272.

Doug Gross is a staff writer covering personal finance for NerdWallet. Follow him on Twitter @doug_gross and on Google+.

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