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According to SF Gate, Tarder Joe’s announced this week that it was recalling its 16-ounce tubs of Mediterranean hummus and white bean and basil hummus over a potential listeria contamination. The recall affects about 30 states, and it applies to any of those varieties of hummus that have a “use by” date of up to Dec. 15, 2016, and a plant identification code of “C” next to the use-by date.
Listeria is a nasty bacteria that causes fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is particularly dangerous to pregnant women and can cause stillbirth or miscarriage. It can also be potentially life-threatening to small children, older people, and people with weakened immune systems.
The listeria bacteria was reportedly found on some equipment at the plant where the hummus was produced. Nobody has reportedly been sickened by the hummus yet, but in the interest of safety, people should throw away any affected tubs of hummus or return them to Trader Joe’s for a full refund.