On April 8, Sabra Dipping Co. voluntarily recalled select SKUs of their Classic Hummus over possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall involved 30,000 cases nationwide. This is the first recall that Sabra Dipping Co. has ever announced and now they have to ensure that all contanimated products are removed from their supply chain.Sabra Dipping Co. realized the possible contamination during a random sampling on March 30 by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The sample tested positive to Listeria monocytogenes.
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Listeria monocytogenes can cause nausea, abdominal pain, fever, stiffness, headache, and diarrhea. It can even be fatal to young children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. Beyond possible death, pregnant women infected with Listeria can miscarry or have a stillbirth. That’s why it’s critical that Sabra Dipping Co. announed the recall. To date, no reports have been filed that anyone has become sick from consuming the Classic Humus. The recall is just precautionary because evidence was found in a sample of hummus during production.
From a supply chain perspective, recalls are hard for retail stores to manage. They must ensure that all of the recalled product has been removed from their store shelves. Otherwise, the responsibility of illness can be transferred to store owners. Sabra Dipping Co. must make sure that none of the recalled hummus is still in transit, either. They must also notify all retail stores where the product is sold.
Customers who purchased Classic Hummus are urged not to eat the product and to return it to the store where they purchased it. A full refund will be issued. Anyone that consumed the hummus and feels ill should be seen by a doctor. More information about the recall, including specific SKU numbers, can be obtained from the FDA’s website.[/show_to]