Sabra Dipping Company has recalled about 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus from shelves across the nation following fears that the products may have been contaminated with listeria. This was a voluntary move according to a company spokeswoman from Sabra Dipping Co. plant in Chesterfield County.
Consumers have been asked either dispose these products or take it back to the place they bought it from and get a refund of the same. Some of the affected products included the 10-ounce, 17-ounce Six-Pack packages, 32-ounce packages and 23.5-ounce Dual Packs among many others.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes Listeriosis as a serious infection. It is a foodborne disease and occurs as a result of eating food that has been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
However, the company says that it has not received any formal complain to the effect that anyone has fallen ill after consuming the Sabra products. The contamination was discovered after a random check at retail by Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The bacteria can cause fatal infections mostly in young children and elderly women. Those that have weaker immune systems are more disadvantaged while healthier people may experience stiffness, diarrhea, fever, headaches and other related ailments.
Sabra Dipping Company is a joint venture of Pepsi-Co and Strauss Group. It employs close to 500 people and has been described as one of the “largest hummus facility in the world.”
In 2010, it opened a factory in the Ruffin Mill Industrial Park, a plant that is said to be nearly 250,000 square feet.
However, it is not clear yet the precise number of units produced even with this latest expansion. It is suspected that the company is going close to 8,000 tons of hummus per month.
It is just a while ago when people were asked to stop consuming products manufactured at the Oklahoma ice cream plant of Blue Bell Creameries. Their products also tested positive to listeria contamination with five cases of illness reported.