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Sabra Dipping Company is recalling approximately 2,100 cases of its Classic Hummus because it could potentially be contaminated with salmonella, according to a company release posted Tuesday on the Food and Drug Administration's website.
The recall was prompted by a routine FDA screening, which found the bacteria in a single tub of the hummus.
The recall is limited to 10-ounce packages produced between 6 a.m. and 12 midnight on Feb. 10, 2021. The affected product will show a time stamp between those hours (in military time), a “best before” date of Apr. 26, 2021, and a SKU code of 300067 on the package lid (shown above).
The hummus was shipped to stores in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Sabra did not immediately respond to CR’s request for comment.
In a release, the company said that because the recalled hummus was more than halfway through its shelf life, it is unlikely to still be available in stores. However, it could be in consumers’ refrigerators.
Facts About Salmonella
Salmonella is one of the most common food-borne illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, affecting about 1.2 million Americans each year.
The bacteria is found in animal feces. It’s most often associated with raw or undercooked eggs and poultry, but other foods can be a source, too, if they come into contact with water or manure (used for fertilizer) that’s contaminated with salmonella, says James E. Rogers, Ph.D. director of food safety research and testing at Consumer Reports.
Cross contamination can also happen at the manufacturing plant if machinery, utensils, and surfaces aren’t properly sterilized. “We won’t know how it happened in this case until the investigation is finalized,” he says.
Salmonella bacteria can cause diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps starting from six hours to six days after a person is exposed. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and resolves without treatment.
However, some people may become so ill that they require hospitalization. Call a doctor if you have a fever higher than 102° F, if diarrhea doesn’t improve in three days, or if you have bloody stools. Be on alert for dehydration symptoms: dry mouth and throat, dizziness when standing, and making very little urine. Contact your physician if you experience any of these.
Product recalled: 10-ounce Sabra Classic Hummus produced on February 10, 2021 with a “best before” date of April 26, 2021, a SKU code of 300067, and a time stamp between 18:00 and 23:59 (6 p.m to 11:59 p.m).
The problem: The product may be contaminated with salmonella.
The fix: Return the hummus to the store where it was purchased for a full refund, or fill out a form at the company’s website to be reimbursed. You can also toss it into the trash.
How to contact the manufacturer: Call Sabra Consumer Relations at 866-265-6761 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.