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Sabra Recalls 30,000 Cases of Classic Hummus for Possible Listeria Risk

Sabra Dipping Co. LLC of White Plains, NY, has recalled 30,000 cases of Sabra Classic Hummus due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

Sabra Classic HummusAfter routine inspections at a Kroger outlet in Port Huron, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development officials reportedly learned about the risk of contamination in the prepackaged product. The department then informed the company and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Only certain lots of the Classic Hummus are being recalled, and no other Sabra products are affected. There are no reported cases of illnesses to date.

The recalled products and product codes are:

040822011143/300067 – Sabra Classic, 10 oz. – 3-059/Best before May 11, 2015

040822011143/300067 – Sabra Classic 10 oz. – 3-060/Best before May 15, 2015

040822014687/300074 – Sabra Classic, 30 oz. – 3-059/Best before May 11, 2015

040822342049/301216 – Sabra Classic Without Garnish, 32 oz. – 3-059/Best before May 11, 2015

040822017497/301290 – Sabra Classic, 17 oz. Six Pack – 3-058/Best before May 11, 2015

040822017497/301290 – Sabra Classic, 17 oz. Six Pack – 3-059/Best before May 11, 2015

040822342209/301283 – Hummus Dual Pack Classic/Garlic – 3-058/Best before May 11, 2015

Consumers are advised to throw out any product with those codes, which are on the top of each package. The recalled products may also be returned to the store where purchased for a refund. Those with questions may call Sabra at 888-957-2272 Monday through Friday.

In healthy individuals, infection with Listeria monocytogenes may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. However, young children, the elderly or those with compromised immune systems can contract serious and sometimes fatal infections. Listeria can also cause miscarriage and stillbirth in pregnant women.

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  • Suzie

    I live in Upper Michigan and bought Sabra hummus today. It was garlic however. Ate some of it this afternoon and within an hour I had a sever headache, abdominal cramping and am now having diarrhea. Is this all in my head, or should I be concerned?

    • Flossie

      Listeriosis takes much longer than an hour to give symptoms after eating the suspected food. It can take anything from 3 days to several weeks. So it is unlikely to be Listeria from your hummus. If your symptons do not clear up within 48h then see your doctor. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Listeria tends to only give severe problems to pregnant women, babies and infants, the elderly and those with a suppressed immune system.

    • Celina

      What you just explained what you had is what they explained in another article if i was tou i would go to a DR.

    • Jennifer Johns

      Just because it isn’t on this list doesn’t mean it is perfectly safe. How many times have we seen companies expand recalls to products that weren’t originally thought to be contaminated? If I were in your shoes I would be calling my doctor. Keep the Hummus refrigerated, and, if you test positive for Listeria, call your local health department and see if they will have the hummus tested.

  • Caitlin

    Does anyone know who makes the Kroger brand hummus? If it’s Sabre is that going to be recalled as well?

    • Joe

      Private Label brands are typically manufactured locally by smaller companies.

  • Valerie Simpson

    We are in the Jacksonville Florida area / costco purchase
    Our code 961205 ….32 oz roasted red pepper
    We ate it for Easter and 3 of us had severe stomach pain and diarrhea .
    My son in law could not go to work .

  • HummusLover

    All in your head

    • karla

      WRONG!!! my mother died from an infection caused by listeria monocytogenes from eating cantaloupe in 2011.

  • Nicholas J Rousan

    I eat this hummus all the time and I just recovered from all of these symptoms last week! Tuesday-Saturday I was wiped out! What can I do to follow up about this?

    • Pdub

      Make some money thats what.

    • TP

      Got to your doctor and asked to get tested for listeria (stool sample).

      • Garbo99

        Also report any and all such food borne illnesses to your local Health Department.
        If you don’t report things, how do they know the problem is as large as it seems to be?

    • Pam

      I did the same thing. it was last friday, I am still feeling “not right” better but still weak!? I was wondering what was going on?

  • AnnieM

    So what do you do if you have one of these identified product codes? Return purchase? etc.?

    • Andruchiw Andy

      says to discard or return to store

  • Name

    so the 4 pack classic is safe?

  • russtafa

    ate an entire container of their hummus with the tapenade, but it had a later sell by date than those listed. did give me lots of gas and indigestion, but i think that’s more related to eating the entire thing at 3 in the morning before going to bed.

    the list says classic, but isn’t the classic the same stuff that’s put in this container with olives dumped on top?

  • Jamie Arellano

    My family had a lot of the Red Pepper Hummus on Saturday. We have all been sick since Saturday night. Today is the first day we have been back to normal.

    • pam

      I did the same thing. it was last friday, I am still feeling “not right” better but still weak!

    • Anita

      I also had the red pepper hummus on Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday night- Thursday. Went home from work early Wednesday throwing up and went to the hospital yesterday. So sick!

  • miasbeagles

    OK I ate a whole damn thing of this stuff. Now what?

    • Semaj

      Do you have life insurance? Just kidding, unless you’re immuno compromised, very young or very old, you’ll probably be fine. If you get sick and STAY sick, then go to a doctor. Very few people in the states die from this

  • Kathryn

    I ate some of this about 3 weeks ago. I’m 22 weeks pregnant. I have had some of these symptoms, however they are symptoms of pregnancy. I bought it from walmart in summerville, sc.

    • Susan W

      you should call your obgyn

  • tkedo

    Thank God I changed my brand along time ago! I now eat Cedar’s Hommus! Be safe everyone! Keep your containers if you still have them, and go to the doctor to get tested!

  • A Rex

    Wife and I both got sick, symptoms seem consistent with listeria. Batch was 3-075, best by May 29 – not affected by recall. Will health agencies investigate further?

    • Christie

      hope they investigate. Sick today on batch 3067, best by May 22 – also not affected by recall.

    • Semaj

      They already are. A positive test for Listeria initiates an investigation of the plant at which the containers were filled or where the hummus was made…or both

    • Jennifer

      A Rex, Can I ask how long it took for your wife and your symptoms to show up? I naively thought only the recalled Sabra products could possibly be affected. I am 9 weeks pregnant and had the classic hummus last night. Batch 3074, best by date of May 29. Just spoke to my doctor and she’s ordering a blood test. I spent an hour on the phone with Sabra today trying to obtain more information about the recall and additional testing being done. I didn’t get any answers–just a “promise” they would get back to me.

  • Victoria Freire Ferrera

    How long do you have to wait before you get a stool sample tested? My significant other ate two thirds of a supposedly contaminated container. I ate a small amount. The week of April 1st we polished off one container between us. However, at that time we had not heard about the possibility of contamination so we never checked the code numbers or sell by date. This week we have the offending container. I think we all need to pray for one another.

  • Sally Dominguez

    My family ate an entire thing and were sick with headache and dodgy tummy for days. We couldn’t work out what it was…..til now.

  • Rick

    the whole family suffered, it lasted 2-3 days for symptoms to go away. My 4 year old had it worst with high fever, vomit and diarrhea. could it be the reason they had buy one get one free sale and they new ahead of time?

  • Susan W

    Have been sick for over 10 days, symptoms consistent with listeria, Batch was 3070 best by May 25 2015 roasted pine nuts hummus. I did notify the health dept in Tarpon Springs FL.

  • Jennifer Hunter Bradley

    I am also sick with symptoms…..same batch #, different best by date! Do you need any antibiotics or it just works it’s way out!?

  • Allie

    We had 3069 best by May 22nd and the whole house had all symptoms listed right before the recall was announced. Though this wasn’t listed as one of the infected batches.

    • There may be more bad hummus on the shelves, but Sabra won’t act on it until a specific number of people become sick.
      I was also sick right before the recall and the Sabra product was not on any current list (Sabra Garlic Hummus 22oz).

      I went through this with Peter Pan Peanut Butter (aka: ConAgra Inc) about 7-8 years ago.
      I was sicker than I have ever been in my life.
      I had to hire a full time nurse for a week, and I had to sue Peter Pan.
      It took 3 years for them to pay and I finally got a paltry $1400.00 for 2 horrible weeks of BAD suffering. (the amount I got from the lawsuit didn’t even cover my lost wages, much less the nurse and meds).
      I won’t touch a Peter Pan product now.
      Sad thing is that nobody remembers and Peter Pan is back on the shelves.

      We will just have to wait and see if more products from Sabra are recalled.
      It’s a shame, because I am sure they didn’t mean to harm anyone.
      It’s just another great product that I will never trust again.

  • I have been eating Sabra products for about 7 years without any problems.
    However, I was mildly to moderately ill after partially eating a tub of Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus approximately 3 weeks ago.
    I didn’t finish the tub because I ran out of wheat thins to dip it with.

    I didn’t associate the illness with the hummus and I threw away the partly full container because I just don’t leave things in my fridge for very long if I don’t intend to finish them.
    It’s deep in the local landfill by now.
    I wish I had known that Sabra was having problems, I would have saved the remaining product so that I could have it tested.

    I recovered in about 4 days with only a little more loose bowel problems that lingered for 2 more days.
    I was never sick enough to go to the Doctor, but I couldn’t leave the house for 4-5 days.

    I have a newer and unopened tub of the same product that was bought about 5 days ago.
    Now I am very afraid to eat it.
    It’s sad because Sabra was a great product.
    I have eaten a ton of it.

    I was VERY sick for 2 weeks after eating Peter Pan Peanut Butter about 6 years ago.
    I don’t want to go through that nightmare again.
    I sued ConAgra/Peter Pan and got $1400.00 for my suffering….not nearly enough for the hell I went through.

    Anyway:
    I don’t eat Peter Pan products any more and I doubt that I will eat Sabra hummus either.
    A very sad deal.
    A great product ruined by someone who probably didn’t mean any harm.

    • heatherpearson

      just return it to the store and tell them it’s because of the recall. I good store will do the refund even if it’s not recalled. I did that when walnuts were recalled last year. i just could not have them in my house. No questions asked at the store.

  • Tazbeaux

    Several days ago,I ate about 3/4 of a tub of Sabra hummus before I heard about the recall, absolutely no illness at all from it. Just checked the date, yep… May 11th…finished eating the rest of it. Pretty good stuff.

  • Customer

    I have the one that came in a bunch of little separate individual containers. They expire May 20 – should I return it or eat it? I’m hungry but I don’t want to get sick, I got crap to do.

  • Pat 2E

    If you have had any symptoms from consumption report it to your county/state health board so they can start to keep track of its spread/infection rates. That is the most helpful thing to do when it is food born. Helps the FDA keep track of it and then they can investigate with more direction

  • Nancy

    I happen to purchase the Sabra hummus that was recalled ON the same day and had some before I saw it on the news on 4/8/15. I finally got a chance to return it to the store yesterday 4/14/15, and they still had all the recalled hummus on their shelves and the manager was reluctant to give me a refund even though I kept telling her it was ‘recalled’. She finally issued me store credit. But what and how are stores informed to pull recalled products?

  • Dee

    I got sick March 16. Sabra Garlic Hummus. So sick! It’s not on the recall list and they won’t volunteer to the inspectors that I wrote in with the complaint. California.

  • Richard

    Sabra has been closed and they are investigating they have the fda in there. I deliver there product and we have mad 0 shipments in about a month. I can’t wait for them to reopen with fresh new uncontaminated products.

  • Blaire

    My 21 month son ended up getting sick. He threw up for days and was air lifted to UC Davis ICU children’s hospital. We are outraged. I am so thankful he is ok now.

  • CitizenPeace

    This is not surprising in the least. An Israeli (with that famous Israeli Code of Ethics) owned company named after one of many masacars of the occupied Palestinian people (Sabra and Shatila refugee camp massacre ). What’s another few hundred Americans? It’s not blue bell after all. What a shame. and please save us form the tired old “anti semite” labeling guys. it’s getting.. well boring………..what a shame..