Sabra, one of the most popular brands of hummus in the United States, is issuing a voluntary recall on some packages of its Classic Hummus because of a possible salmonella contamination. According to a USA Today news report, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement announcing the recall of about 2,100 cases of 10 oz. Classic Hummus after a routine screening by the agency. No illnesses have been linked to these products.
The packages of hummus that are included in the recall have a “Best Before Date” of “4/26/21” along with a timestamp of Feb. 10 between “18:00:27 and 23:49:00,” the FDA’s notice says. The Sabra products were distributed in 16 states including California.
Customers who purchased the affected hummus are urged to return it to the store where they purchased it or visit www.sabrahummusrecall.com for a refund.
Dangers of Salmonella
Salmonella is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, salmonella infections, called salmonellosis, sicken more than a million people. Up to 450 die from salmonella poisoning annually. Any raw or undercooked animal product can carry salmonella. That includes meat, unpasteurized dairy products like milk and cheese, eggs, and seafood. Fruits, vegetables, and nuts also can become contaminated with salmonella.
Typically, people with salmonella infection have no symptoms. Others develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within eight to 72 hours. Most healthy people recover within a few days without any particular treatment. In some cases, diarrhea associated with a salmonella infection can be so dehydrating that it could require prompt medical attention. Life-threatening complications also may develop if the infection spreads beyond the intestines. Salmonella is also the most common cause of hospitalizations that are triggered by food poisoning in the United States.
Have You Been Affected?
If you are experiencing symptoms of salmonella or any type of food poisoning, it is important that you receive prompt medical attention. Make sure your doctor runs tests to determine if you have suffered food poisoning. Report your illness to the local healthcare agency, which tracks outbreaks relating to food-borne illnesses. It would also be in your best interest to contact an experienced food poisoning lawyer who will fight hard to protect your rights and help you secure maximum compensation for your losses. Victims of food poisoning may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization and pain and suffering.