Listeria recalls seem to have been greatly on the rise over the past few years and, today, it looks like this is a trend that is not going to change any time soon. In this incident, though, it is three brands of hummus produced from the same manufacturer. The manufacturer is the Knoxville, TN-based House of Thaller, which produces three brands of hummus—Fresh Foods Market, Lantana, and Marketside. All of the suspected brands are sold with pine nuts on top and in a 10-oz package.
According to the manufacturer, they are recalling the hummus products because their roasted pine nut supplier—HFV Inc—told them that the pine nuts they used could be contaminated with listeria moncytogenes.
The packages of hummus suspected of potential contamination would have been distributed between April 18 and June 13 to several retailers throughout the United States; or manufactured on April 20 if distributed in Canada.
And now for some good news: Any consumer who had purchased one of these products can check to see whether their package has been recalled by simply observing the packaging’s “USE BY” date and lot code. The lot code will start with the letter W; you can find a fill list of possibly-affected expiration dates and codes by visiting the US Food and Drug Administration’s website.
If you are not aware, Listeria monocytogenes can result in a very serious infection—listeriosis–which is very easy to contract. All you have to do is eat food that has been contaminated with the bacterium. Symptoms of infection can include confusion, fever, headache, muscle aches, stiff neck, and loss of balance.
Pregnant women, very young children, and the elderly—basically anyone who may have weaker or compromised immune systems—are at a higher risk. While roughly 1,600 people are reported to be infected with listeriosis every year, only about 260 will die from the infection. However, the infection can also cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and premature delivery if a pregnant woman is infected.
And now for some even better news: there have been no reports of any consumer having fallen ill to listeriosis because of this potential hummus contamination. Still, any person who might have purchased one of these products is encouraged, of course, to not eat it and also to bring all questions and concerns to the House of Thaller Customer Service Center, which can be reached at 855-215-5142.