According to a statement released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Sabra Dipping Co., LLC has voluntarily pulled out around 30,000 cases of its beloved Classic Hummus due to the possibility that most of the samples are contaminated with a bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause the infection listeriosis.
Products pulled out due to Listeria
The FDA has made it clear that no other Sabra product is affected, and that there are still zero reports of Sabra Classic Hummus causing illnesses to consumers. The organization has also listed down the codes and use by dates of the allegedly contaminated products on the official statement.
A similar incident happened on September 2012, when cheese importer Forever Cheese, Inc. pulled out its Frescolina Marte brand ricotta salata cheese after investigations discovered a possibility that the cheese imported from Italy was contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
How to prevent listeriosis
There are plenty of ways for consumers to avoid the risk of listeriosis, which can infect the central nervous system, a woman’s pregnancy, and even newborns and infants. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, and gastrointestinal disorders.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed down helpful ways to prevent exposure to Listeria. The organization recommends rinsing raw produce, including fruits and vegetables, with tap water. The produce must be thoroughly scrubbed, dried, and separated from uncooked meat.
A clean kitchen is also a must. Knives, plates, and utensils should always be washed. Spills inside the refrigerator should be removed as soon as possible. When time permits, the walls of the refrigerator must be cleaned with hot water mixed with liquid soap.
The CDC also prevents drinking raw or unpasteurized milk, along with hot dogs, meat, cold cuts, or dry sausages that haven’t been subjected to hot steaming or an internal temperature of 165°F.