Sabra Hummus and Blue Bell Ice Cream Recall Products over Listeria Concern
April 8, 2015 – According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Sabra Dipping Company released a recall of roughly 30,000 cases of its Classic Humus due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Below are the products in question:
Sabra reports that the potential contamination was discovered during a routine, random sample that was taken by the Michigan Department of Agriculture that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
Along with the Sabra Hummus recall, Blue Bell has expanded their ice cream recall due to similar listeria concerns.
The most recent recalled Blue Bell products have been distributed to retail stores, food service accounts, convenience stores and supermarkets across the country affecting nearly half the United States. States include are: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming. Recalled products are as follows:
The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma Blue Bell facility is the prime culprit producing an abundance of recalled products with Listeria concerns. CNN reports this is the fourth time Blue Bell has taken action in light of a listeria outbreak at a Kansas hospital that served the company’s ice cream. Blue Bell had suspended operations at the Oklahoma facility voluntarily.
Signs and Symptoms of Listeria Monocytogenes Exposure
According to the Mayo Clinic, Listeria monocytogenes is a strain of bacteria that can cause acute bacterial meningitis. Listeria food poisoning symptoms include: high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. If you are experiencing these problems it is best to consult a physician.
Consumers who have purchased either product are urged to dispose of the product immediately or contact the place of purchases for a full refund. For more information in regards to the Sabra Hummus recall you may visit their website. Blue Bell has set up a page with product pictures and contact information for consumer questions and concerns. There are no ties between the two companies and their outbreaks.
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