Beware: Trader Joe’s Just Recalled Two Hummus Products (Photos)


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Following the great Sabra hummus recall, Trader Joe’s has now issued a statement that two kinds of its hummus spreads have been voluntarily recalled due to the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

It seems like products with potential listeria infections have been popping up left and right lately, but in case you don’t know what listeria is, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration defines it as “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.”

Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus and Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus are the two products subject to the recall, with “USE BY” date codes up through and including Dec. 15, 2016.

As of Dec. 1, 2016, there have been no confirmed illnesses from the products, so hopefully everybody is in the clear, even though the company manufacturer noted the contamination on some of the same equipment that was used to make the hummus. 

“All potentially affected products have been removed from store shelves and destroyed,” the statement from Trader Joe’s and the FDA assures.

If you have one of these hummus varieties, make sure to discard the product immediately, or return it to the Trader Joe’s where you purchased it for a full refund.

Additionally, for those who have questions, Trader Joe’s and the FDA encourages consumers to contact Bakkavor Foods at (855) 312-7504, Monday through Friday 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST.

Sources: FDA / Photo Credit: FDA

Tags: bakkavor, FDA, Hummus, listeria, recall, Trader Joe's
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Sabra Just Issued A Massive Recall On Hummus!


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Another day, another food recall issued due to a listeria scare.

Sabra dipping company issued a statement on Nov. 19 for a voluntary recall of certain hummus products made prior to Nov. 8, 2016. You might recognize the name Sabra because it’s a pretty dang popular brand — unfortunately, 57 different varieties of hummus have been recalled.

The FDA notes that the recall is due to “Listeria monocytogenes, which was identified at the manufacturing facility but not in tested finished product.”

In case you were wondering, “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.”

So, yeah. Even if listeria wasn’t found in the tested finished products, it’s probably better for us all to play it safe rather than sorry.

If you have a Sabra product with a “Best Before” date spanning through Jan. 23, 2017, then you are urged to discard it. Additionally, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm eastern time, consumers can contact Sabra Consumer Relations at 1-866-265-6761 for additional information.

“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,” Sabra said in a statement. “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.

“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.”

Sources: FDA, Sabra / Photo Credit: Sabra/Instagram

Tags: FDA, Hummus, listeria, recall, sabra
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Dessert Hummus Is A Thing And It Has Changed The Snack Game Forever


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Dessert lovers and hummus enthusiasts, hold onto your hats, for there is some truly groundbreaking news in the ever evolving world of unusual sweets today. It’s called dessert hummus. 

I can feel your minds exploding.

Like traditional hummus, it’s made with chickpeas, salt and culinary superpower tahini, but coconut milk and organic Turbinado sugar make the hummus creamy and sweet.

Who do we have to thank for this culinary breakthrough? Nutritionist Makenzie Marzluff, who first whipped up a batch of cookie dough hummus for a healthy party dessert.

Rightfully so, her friends were amazed, and Marzluff quit her job to start Delighted By, her own dessert hummus company. 

Delighted By is available in four flavors: chocolate chip, brownie batter, orange ginger and snickerdoodle. They’re all completely natural, vegan and gluten-free, according to the Delighted By website.

All of that flavor action lends plenty of freedom to choosing a hummus vehicle. Think cinnamon pita chips and graham crackers for the snickerdoodle flavor or pretzels and strawberries for the brownie batter blend. The hummus can also be used in more elaborate desserts and even breakfasts.

East Coasters lucked out; Delighted By can be found at 44 Wegman’s locations. The rest of us can make a request with our local grocery store to carry the magical hummus. I haven’t even tried it, but I can’t imagine my life without it.

Your snack plans just got real.

Sources: Delish, Delighted By / Photo credit: Delighted By: The Original Dessert Hummus/Facebook

Tags: Delighted By, dessert hummus, Hummus, unique desserts
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Hot Dudes And Hummus Makes A Case For Peace In The Middle East


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There is no question that the rich, diverse culture of the Middle East is often forgotten amidst the region’s seemingly endless conflict and strife.

Fear not, though. Four college students with backgrounds as diverse as their mission are attempting to bring public focus back to Israeli culture “away from conflict.” American Orly Geduld, Canadian Ayala Lesser, Israeli Israel Zari, and Isreaeli-Romanian Betty Ilovici created the Instagram account, “Hot Dudes and Hummus” to celebrate what they consider to be two of the most beautiful facets of Israeli culture—attractive Israeli men and creamy, delicious hummus.

Based on the images we’ve included here, we can’t help but agree with them.

In keeping with their mission, the founders aim to post images that feature a diverse group of men—and hummus. In an interview, they stated, “we love any guy who loves digging into a delicious bowl of hummus, and there is something really great about a guy who appreciates culture.”

This message is especially meaningful considering the virtually universal popularity of hummus (and hot men). It’s hard to think about violence, hatred, or conflict while enjoying a delicious pita covered in creamy chickpea spread or watching an attractive male do the same.

We suggest that you grab yourself a bowl of hummus before clicking over to the original account in order to view even more photos of “Hot Dudes and Hummus.” Just don’t forget the message of the account while you’re gazing, starry-eyed, at the images. After all, much like the Israelis who love it, hummus is incredibly diverse, and in the words of the site’s founders, “can be used as a spread for pita, bread, eaten as a veggie dip, or eaten by the spoonfuls.”

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Source: Metro Photo credits: Instagram/Hot Dudes and Hummus

Tags: Hot Dudes and Hummus, Hummus, instagram, Israel, Middle East
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