Sabra Dipping Company, LLC—the Middle Eastern-style food brand based in White Plains, New York—is voluntarily recalling the bulk of its hummus products over listeria concerns, NBC New York reports.
According to a brief statement on the Food and Drug Administration's website, evidence of the bacteria was discovered at one of the company’s manufacturing facilities in Colonial Heights, Virginia, but the organism has not been found in any tested finished products. Even so, Sabra is yanking a total of 57 varieties of its chickpea dip from store shelves, according to Eater, concerned with products that were made before November 8 and shipped to stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Consumers are advised to toss out any hummus with a “Best Before” date marked through January 23, 2017. On Sunday, Shali Shalit Shoval, Sabra’s CEO, offered a statement on the product recall through the company’s website.
“We are disappointed to share the news of a voluntary recall with the Sabra community today,” Shoval wrote. “We have invested heavily in technology and enhancing our processes and protocols, with guidance and input from external experts, to develop and put in place industry-leading food safety procedures, such as testing finished product from the production line every two minutes for pathogens including listeria.”
Still, despite the company’s claims of improved food safety standards, this isn’t the first time Sabra has found itself mired in controversy due to a listeria outbreak. Back in 2015, the company recalled 30,000 cases of its classic hummus after a similar inspection revealed contamination in Port Huron, Michigan.
Though this time around Sabra’s organic hummus, salsa, guacamole, and Greek yogurt dips are not affected by the recall, hummus packages flavored with pepper, garlic, lemon, spinach, jalapeño, pine nut, or artichoke should be discarded as soon as possible, according to NBC New York.
“Everyone here is working our hardest to minimize the impact, so we can get back to doing what we love most—bringing the Sabra community delicious fresh foods,” Shoval wrote in his statement. “The people at Sabra remain committed to producing and delivering great tasting and wholesome hummus made with kitchen fresh ingredients that consumers can enjoy with peace of mind.”
[via NBC New York]