Recalls are out and about this summer, and they don’t seem to be backing down, even in the heat. Just last week, a massive recall was issued for over 50 brands of hot dog buns. This week, hummus is in the hot seat. 11 brands manufactured by Pita Pal Foods have been recalled due to possible Listeria contamination.
This hummus recall was issued on July 15 and affects various retailers across the country and in the United Arab Emirates. It’s a pretty lengthy list of products, so please check out the FDA’s announcement here.
What products are recalled?
Listed in the recall are items from Fresh Thyme, Harris Teeter, Roundy’s, Schnuck’s and several others. If you have hummus hidden in the back of your fridge, you may want to make sure it’s not from an affected brand or retailer. You should also know that multiple flavors and sizes of each brand have been named in the recall, so take a look at this list to ensure your next snack isn’t affected.
The recall was issued voluntarily after Listeria monocytogenes were found in some product. Luckily, no illnesses or injuries have been reported so far.
How do I know if I have one of these products?
Here’s where it gets a little tricky. Because the list is so extensive, it’s hard to pin down all the dates and UPC codes you need to take a look at. (The UPC code can usually be found on the side or bottom of the tub.)
But we can tell you that all of the tubs are between 2 oz. and 5 lbs., and the hummus recall also includes 2-packs. Each container was produced between May 30, 2019 and June 25, 2019. Make sure to check the FDA announcement and search for your brand to make sure your hummus isn’t contaminated.
I have one of these products! What should I do with it?
If you have a product listed in this recall, you should get rid of it ASAP. You can either toss out the hummus or return it to the place of purchase. Pita Pal Foods is offering a full refund for returns, and retailers typically allow exchanges.
For any questions about the hummus recall, reach out to Pita Pal Foods by phone at 832-803-9295. You can also email them at [email protected]
How can I avoid getting Listeria?
Listeria can be a dangerous thing, especially for young children and elderly people. It causes a whole slew of unpleasant side effects, like fevers, headaches, nausea and abdominal pain. Fortunately, it’s not so hard to avoid.
Make sure your milks and cheeses are pasteurized, and don’t eat opened packages like hot dogs and deli meat after a week. It’s important to keep a watchful eye on those Use By dates, too. If any of your groceries are listed in a recall, get rid of them as soon as you can. Here’s everything else you need to know about protecting your family from Listeria.