We are disappointed to share the news of a voluntary recall with the Sabra community today. We’re recalling this product out of an abundance of caution after finding Listeria monocytogenes at the manufacturing facility, but not in tested finished product.
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. We want to reassure our consumers that our procedures include extensive finished product testing, and no products tested positive for contaminants. We are taking action because consumer safety is a top priority.
Subsequent to the inspection conducted with the FDA, we implemented a thorough and extensive factory-wide cleaning and sanitation procedure, and beyond that, we continue to work very closely with internal and external food safety experts to identify any additional steps we can take to even further enhance our efforts.
The food industry continue to advance standards and procedures to improve food safety protocols nationwide. Working closely with the above mentioned experts, we are striving to exceed that and lead the industry in food safety.
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. 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. We encourage you to reach out to us at 866-265-6761 if we can help answer any questions. To see a list of impacted products please visit sabra.com/recall, and for product reimbursement please visit www.sabrahummusrecall.com.
- Shali Shalit Shoval, CEO
Updated on November 23, 2016 with new information identified by asterix (*).
(November 19, 2016 Colonial Heights, VA)— Sabra Dipping Co., LLC is voluntarily recalling certain hummus products made prior to November 8, 2016 due to concerns over Listeria monocytogenes, which was identified at the manufacturing facility but not in tested finished product. The recall includes the products listed below; these were distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts and supermarkets, in the U.S. and Canada.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The company is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution.
Consumers with any product with a “Best Before” date up through January 23, 2017 are urged to discard it. Consumers can find code and “Best Before” date on the lid of each package.
* The Sabra Party Platter Selects contains sealed and capped containers of Sabra Classic Hummus 7oz; cheese and Genoa Salame sliced at Daniele International, Inc; and pre-packaged breadsticks. The Genoa Salame is a USDA regulated product; the Party Tray includes the USDA mark of inspection next to the salami packaged in the tray and “EST. 9992” next to the pre-packaged breadsticks in the tray. These Party Trays are subject to recall; the entire contents of the Party Tray should not be consumed due to the potential for cross contamination of other tray components with the recalled hummus through consumer handling.
No other Sabra products are affected. In particular, Sabra products not included in the recall are: Sabra Organic Hummus, Sabra Salsa, Sabra Guacamole and Sabra Greek Yogurt Dips.
Consumers can contact Sabra Consumer Relations at 1-866-265-6761 for additional information from 9:00 am to 8:00 PM eastern time. For product reimbursement, consumers can contact www.sabrahummusrecall.com. The company has subsequently taken steps to correct this matter.
The recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.