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Hummus Products Recalled Over Listeria Fears

Food manufacturer Lansal, Inc is voluntarily recalling almost 15,000 pounds of hummus and dips on fears the products could be contaminated with the potentially fatal foodborne bacteria listeria. Lansal, which sells products under the name Hot Mama's Foods to retailers including Trader Joe's and Target, initiated the recall after testing by the Texas Department of Health found potential listeria contamination in a container of Target Archer Farms hummus.

No Illness Yet Reported From Affected Products

According to the FDA press release, no illness has yet been reported in connection with the recall. Listeriosis, the illness caused by consuming listeria-contaminated products, can cause stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever, muscle aches and convulsions. In pregnant women, listeriosis can also lead to miscarriages, stillbirths, or a severe infection in the newborn.

Products affected by the recall include:

  • Hummus sold at Target under the Archer Farms label (including Archer Farms wraps and snackers with hummus as an ingredient),
  • Trader Joe's Edamame Hummus and 5-Layered Dips,
  • Giant Eagle Chipotle Hummus and Garlic Hummus, and
  • Tryst Yellow Lentil Hummus.

Listeria Outbreaks a Serious Threat

Previous foodborne listeria outbreaks included a 2011 outbreak traced to a Colorado cantaloupe producer that eventually killed 30 people and sickened 146 over 28 states. More recently, a 2012 suspected listeria outbreak in ricotta cheese sickened 14 people and forced retailer Whole Foods to recall 4,800 pounds of cheese.

The FDA has hosted packaging photos of the recalled products. If you have purchased any of the products affected by the recall, the FDA recommends that you dispose of the product or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers who have questions can call the toll-free hotline (877) 550-0694.

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