What to Know About the Sabra Hummus Product Recall Over Listeria Concerns

The company voluntarily recalled certain products over listeria concerns.

November 21, 2016, 12:42 PM
PHOTO: In this July 12, 2012 file photo, a sample of Sabra hummus is set out during a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of Sabra Dipping Co.'s Chesterfield County, Va. production facility. Sabra Dipping Co.
In this July 12, 2012 file photo, a sample of Sabra hummus is set out during a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of Sabra Dipping Co.'s Chesterfield County, Va. production facility. Sabra Dipping Co.
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— -- The Sabra Dipping Co. has voluntarily recalled certain hummus products "due to concerns over Listeria monocytogenes," according to an announcement the company made on Saturday.

The company said the bacterium was found in its facility during an inspection by the Food and Drug Administration but not in completed products that were tested.

The dips are the latest in a series of product recalls due to listeria concerns, including one type of Eggo waffles, certain Blue Bell ice creams, frozen vegetables and raw milk.

Here's what to know about the voluntary recall:

What Is Listeria Monocytogenes?

Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can cause serious infections, especially in people with compromised immune systems, pregnant women, young children and the elderly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In severe cases, infections can cause stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions and can sometimes be life threatening, according to the CDC. Nearly everyone infected with the bacteria ends up with an invasive infection, meaning it moves outside the gastrointestinal tract.

The agency's latest published statistics from 2011 state that the disease causes approximately 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths every year in the U.S.

Pregnant women are at least 10 times as likely as the general population to develop a listeria infection, which has been associated with miscarriage, stillbirth and premature delivery, according to the CDC.

Where Was This Instance of Listeria Monocytogenes Found?

The organism "was identified at the manufacturing facility but not in tested finished products," Sabra said. The company said the recall was issued "out of an abundance of caution."

Which Products Are Affected?

Sabra said consumers are "urged to discard" any product with codes listed below that are marked with a best-before date through Jan. 23, 2017. Consumers can find a product's code and best-before date on the lid of each package.

"No other Sabra products are affected," the company said. "In particular, Sabra products not included in the recall are Sabra organic hummus, Sabra salsa, Sabra guacamole and Sabra Greek yogurt dips."

• Sabra Hummus Caramelized Onion 10 ounceUPC: 040822014700SKU: 300051

• Sabra Hummus Classic 7 ounceUPC: 040822000017SKU: 300066

• Sabra Hummus Classic 10 ounce UPC: 040822011143SKU: 300067

• Sabra Hummus Classic 17 ounce UPC: 040822017497SKU: 300070

• Sabra Hummus Classic 30 ounce UPC: 040822014687SKU: 300074

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• Sabra Hummus Classic With Pretzels 4.56 ounce UPC: 040822011952SKU: 300080

• Sabra Hummus Garlic 7 ounce UPC: 040822011235SKU: 300094

• Sabra Hummus Garlic 10 ounce UPC: 040822011242SKU: 300095

• Sabra Hummus Garlic 17 ounce UPC: 040822017510SKU: 300097

• Sabra Hummus Garlic 32 ounce UPC: 040822012256SKU: 300099

• Sabra Hummus Garlic 30 ounce UPC: 040822301121SKU: 300100

• Sabra Hummus Garlic With Pretzels 4.56 ounce UPC: 040822011990SKU: 300104

• Sabra Hummus Jalapeno 10 ounce UPC: 040822011921SKU: 300106

• Sabra Hummus Olive 10 ounceUPC: 040822011341SKU: 300117

• Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 10 ounceUPC: 040822011747SKU: 300132

• Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 7 ounceUPC: 040822127530SKU: 300134

• Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 17 ounceUPC: 040822990011SKU: 300136

• Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 32 ounceUPC: 040822012157SKU: 300139

• Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 7 ounceUPC: 040822012430SKU: 300142

• Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 10 ounceUPC: 040822011549SKU: 300143

• Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 17 ounceUPC: 040822017503SKU: 300146

• Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 32 ounceUPC: 040822328647SKU: 300148

• Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 30 ounceUPC: 040822301114SKU: 300150

• Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 5 pound – 6 countUPC: 040822434553SKU: 300151

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• Sabra Hummus Supremely Spicy 7 ounceUPC: 040822011433SKU: 300158

• Sabra Hummus Supremely Spicy 10 ounceUPC: 040822011440SKU: 300159

• Sabra Hummus Supremely Spicy 17 ounceUPC: 040822017558SKU: 300161

• Sabra Hummus Spinach and Artichoke 10 ounceUPC: 040822027540SKU: 300164

• Sabra Hummus Sun Dried Tomato 10 ounceUPC: 040822014731SKU: 300166

• Sabra Hummus Spinach and Artichoke 32 ounceUPC: 040822027700SKU: 300266

• Sabra Hummus Spinach and Artichoke 17 ounceUPC: 040822027588SKU: 300298

• Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 17 ounce – 6 countUPC: 040822990011SKU: 300501

• Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 17 ounce – 6 countUPC: 040822017503SKU: 300502

• Sabra Hummus Basil Pesto 10 ounceUPC: 040822020114SKU: 300593

• Sabra Hummus Tuscan Herb Garden 32 ounceUPC: 040822330466SKU: 300736

• Sabra Hummus Classic 32 ounceUPC: 040822342049SKU: 301216

• Sabra Hummus Classic With Pretzels 4.56 ounce – 8 countUPC: 040822342131SKU: 301271

• Sabra Hummus Garlic 23.5 ounceUPC: 040822342209SKU: 301283

• Sabra Hummus Classic 17 ounceUPC: 040822017497SKU: 301290

• Sabra Hummus Bold and Spicy With Tortilla Chips 4.56 ounceUPC: 040822342506SKU: 301430

• Sabra Hummus Garlic 17 ounce – 6 countUPC: 040822017510SKU: 301480

• Sabra Hummus Classic 2 ounce – 6 x 2 ounce (12 x 6 packs)UPC: 040822342728SKU: 301481

• Sabra Hummus Lemon 10 ounceUPC: 040822011648SKU: 301483

• Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 2 ounce – 6 x 2 ounce (12 x 6 packs)UPC: 040822342735SKU: 301484

• Sabra Hummus Tuscan Herb Garden 17 ounceUPC: 040822330381SKU: 301485

• Sabra Hummus Classic 2 ounce – 16 x 2 ounce – 12 countUPC: 040822010078SKU: 301511

• Sabra Hummus Classic 2 ounce – 12 countUPC: 040822010047SKU: 301512

• Sabra Hummus SF Rosemary/Sea Salt 10 ounceUPC: 040822342988SKU: 301566

• Sabra Spreads Spicy Chili 8.5 ounce – 8 countUPC: 040822343145SKU: 301585

• Sabra Spreads Garlic Herb 8.5 ounce – 8 countUPC: 040822343138SKU: 301586

• Sabra Spreads Garlic Herb 8.5 ounce – 8 countUPC: 040822343121SKU: 301587

• Sabra Spreads Salt and Pepper 8.5 ounce – 8 countUPC: 040822343114SKU: 301588

• Sabra Hummus Taco 10 ounceUPC: 040822343671 SKU: 301640

• Sabra Hummus 3 Pepper Chili 10 ounceUPC: 040822344043SKU: 301705

What Is Sabra Doing Now?

Sabra said it has "subsequently taken steps to correct this matter" and that the recall "is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration."

The company's CEO, Shali Shalit Shoval, said in a statement that after the FDA conducted an inspection, Sabra "implemented a thorough and extensive factory-wide cleaning and sanitation procedure."

She added that "beyond that, we continue to work very closely with internal and external food safety experts to identify any additional steps we can take to even further enhance our efforts."

Consumer Information and Reimbursement

Consumers who have eaten any affected products should monitor their health for any symptoms. Listeria monocytogenes can incubate up to 70 days after exposure before a person develops symptoms.

The bacteria can continue to grow at refrigerated temperatures. Cooking contaminated foods to recommended temperatures is one way to kill the bacteria, but as already noted, Sabra is urging consumers to discard any product under recall.

More information on the recall is available through Sabra consumer relations at 1-866-265-6761 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time.

For product reimbursement, consumers can visit www.sabrahummusrecall.com.

ABC News' Gillian Mohney contributed to this report.

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