On Wednesday, Sabra, one of the largest hummus manufacturers of the world, announced that they are voluntarily pulling out of shelves 30.000 cases of hummus. This is due to the recent contamination with Listeria, which is an extremely dangerous genus of bacteria that is known to have been the cause of many deaths in the past. This makes it the second recall, in a very short period of time, because of Listeria infestation. Earlier this week, on Tuesday, Blue Bell Creameries had to take off the market a large quantity of ice-cream after some of their goods were tested and came out positive for listeria. Three out of eight people poisoned with the bacteria died after eating the infected products. In the case of the hummus company, however, no people were reported dead.
The company has recalled classic hummus that comes in cases of 10-ounce, 17-ounce, 23 – ounce, 30-ounce and 32-ounce. That sums up a total of 5 brands out of the 60 brands of hummus available on the market. They decided to take action after one of the containers turned out positive for Listeria Mononcytogenes while a routine check was carried out by U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Nevertheless, the officials confirmed that no one has been reported ill from having ingested the bacteria yet.
According to the representatives of the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, food that has been contaminated with Listeria might have devastating effects on one’s immune system and can provoke Listeriosis. Among the symptoms listed are diarrhea, splitting headaches, fever, severe abdominal pain and nausea. The most affected ones are people who have a deficient immune system. Among these are children, the elderly and people infected with HIV. For healthy people it can still be damaging as it can have very negative effects on their health.
Representatives of the company have recently released a statement in which they mention that they are voluntarily cancelling the commercialization of some of their products. A list of the products affected is available on their website. They also state that the other goods are currently safe to eat.
This action will probably cost the behemoth manufacturer a lot of customers and money. Just as in the case of Blue Bell Creameries, which has been temporarily shut after the contamination scandal, Sabra will probably have to do a lot of damage control if it wants to maintain its position as the biggest hummus producer in the world, gained in 2009.
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