Most Sabra-brand hummus products were recalled Friday November 18th by the Sabra Dipping Company of White Plains, New York, because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This bacteria can cause a serious, potentially life-threatening infection called listeriosis.
The Sabra products have a “Best Before” date on or before January 23, 2017, and were distributed to retail outlets, food service establishments, and supermarkets in the United States and Canada. All Sabra products are recalled except: Sabra Organic Hummus, Sabra Salsa, Sabra Guacamole and Sabra Greek Yogurt Dips.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises consumers not to eat the recalled products and to throw them away. The “Best Before” date is printed on the lid of each package.
A recent FDA inspection of the company’s manufacturing facility in Colonial Heights, Virginia, found Listeria monocytogenes near food handling equipment. One of the strains matched a strain found in a Sabra hummus product in 2015, indicating a persistent contamination problem in the company’s production environment. This time around, the bacteria have not yet been detected in a hummus product.