The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a recall from Pita Pal Foods for 87 types of hummus. The recalled hummus is believed to be contaminated with Listeria and was made between May 30, 2019 and June 25, 2019 and distributed across the United States. The product was also distributed overseas to the United Arab Emirates.
About the Recall
An FDA inspection identified the listeria bacteria at a manufacturing facility. There was none found in the products.
The products included n the recall include brands Bucee’s, Fresh Thyme, Harris Teeter and Schnucks. For a full list, consumers can visit the FDA website.
Listeria can cause serious illness, especially in in young children, the elderly, those with compromised immune systems and pregnant women. pregnant women can cause miscarriages or stillbirths. In healthy people, it presents with high fevers, headaches, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
About 1,600 report a case of it annually, according to the CDC, and about 260 die. To date, no adverse reactions have been linked to this product.
Those who purchased Pita Pal products in this recall may return it to the store of purchase for a refund.
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