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What You Should Do If You Think You Were Sickened During Sabra Hummus Recall of 2016


RECALLED: Sabra hummus from Virginia

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Virginia — You might remember that earlier this month, Sabra Dipping Co. announced that there was possible Listeria contamination in its hummus, and recalled a variety of sizes and flavors. That hummus was also used in commercial products, which included vegetable trays, sandwiches, and snack boxes.

Those prepared food products have already been consumed or thrown away, which means that either the problem has passed or the bacteria is lurking in the guts of people who ate these products that contained the potentially dangerous hummus.

What should you look for? If you remember eating any of these products, you may want to call your doctor or monitor yourself for symptoms of Listeriosis.

You’ll especially want to do that if you or someone you care for falls into a high-risk group: pregnant women, young children, elderly people, and people with compromised immune systems are especially susceptible to complications of Listeria. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, chills, and sometimes nausea and diarrhea.

The Virgin Islands Free Press on its Facebook component Virgin Islands Free Press( immediate) was the first news source in the territory on November 21 to alert people living in St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix that some varieties of Sabra hummus were being recalled amid concerns over possible listeria contamination.

The Food and Drug Administration says the voluntary recall announced by Sabra Dipping Co. includes hummus products with a “best before” date of Jan. 23, 2017, or earlier. The products were sent to retailers in the U.S. and Canada.

The FDA says listeria was identified at the manufacturing facility, but not in the finished product.

Sabra says no illnesses have been reported.

Sabra’s organic hummus, salsa, guacamole and Greek yogurt dips are not included in the recall.

Listeria concerns also prompted Sabra to recall about 30,000 cases of hummus last year. The bacteria can be deadly for young children, frail people and the elderly.

From 2015:Virginia-based Sabra Dipping Co. recalls about 30,000 cases of Classic Hummus

Taylor Farms Veggie and Hummus Bistro Box and Schnucks Vegetable and Hummus Snack Tray, distributed in Arkansas, California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. Use by dates are between Nov. 11 and Dec. 1, 2016, so these could theoretically still be in someone’s fridge. The trays contain a 2-ounce container of Sabra hummus that may be contaminated. Call 855-455-0098 if you have any concerns about the recall or about the products.

Mediterranean Style Chicken with Hummus sandwiches from 7-Eleven, distributed in Washington state, Nevada, and northern California. “Best before” dates of Nov. 19, 2016 through Nov. 21, 2016. If you have questions about this recall or products, call 214-368-0909.

Mediterranean Chicken Hummus sandwiches from 7-Eleven, distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York. Use By dates between Oct. 17 and Nov. 21. If you have question about this recall or the products, call 978-716-2530.

FDA Advises Consumers of Recall of Certain Sabra Hummus Products [FDA]


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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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