Sabra recalls hummus over fears it’s contaminated with listeria

Sabra Dipping Co. is recalling about 30,000 cases of its classic hummus over fears the product is contaminated with listeria bacteria, which can cause fatal infections in young children and the elderly.

There haven’t been any reports of illness and no other flavors of hummus are affected by the move, Colonial Heights, Virginia-based Sabra said in a statement Wednesday. The voluntary recall covers products the 10- and 30-ounce sizes, the 32-ounce product without garnish, the 17-ounce six pack and the 23.5-ounce dual pack.

The move follows a listeria outbreak that killed three people at a Kansas hospital earlier this year. The victims had eaten contaminated ice cream from Blue Bell Creameries, the Food and Drug Administration said last month.

Sabra, a joint venture between PepsiCo Inc. and Israel’s Strauss Group, discovered the potential for contamination after a routine sample was collected from a retailer on March 30 by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. It tested positive for listeria.

Listeriosis, the infection caused by eating food contaminated with listeria, can cause fever, muscle aches and diarrhea.