On November 19, 2016, Sabra Dipping Co., LLC announced that it was voluntarily recalling all 57 varieties of its popular hummus products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recall affects hummus products made prior to November 8, 2016, and was initiated over concerns about Listeria monocytogenes found at a manufacturing facility. The products have been distributed to food service accounts and supermarkets in both the United States and Canada.
Any Sabra hummus product with a “Best Before” date up through January 23, 2017 may be affected. Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged to discard them. The date may be found on the lid of each package.
Consumption of Listeria monocytogenes may cause Listeriosis, a condition that largely impacts older adults, people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, and newborns, though it can also affect people outside these groups.
Symptoms include fever, headaches, stiff neck, confusion, muscle aches, loss of balance, convulsions, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal distress. Invasive infections spread beyond the gastrointestinal tract, often causing miscarriages, stillbirths, and premature delivery in pregnant women. More advanced cases can result in death in the elderly and those with autoimmune deficiencies, with a case-fatality rate of around 20%.
The incubation period can last from 3 to 70 days. People who experience flu-like symptoms within two months of having eating the contaminated hummus products should seek medical attention and be sure to advise their health care providers accordingly.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious health problems after ingesting any of Sabra’s hummus products, please contact a Chicago personal injury attorney at GWC Injury Lawyers.