Hummus, dips, walnuts recalled for possible Listeria contamination

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Hummus and dip products sold at Target and other stores, as well as walnuts sold to retailers in Illinois and Missouri, are the subject of two new recalls associated with possible Listeria contamination.

More than 14,000 pounds of hummus and dip products are being voluntarily recalled by Lansal Inc.  The recalled products are certain items sold under the Archer Farms, Giant Eagle, Trader Joe’s and Tryst brand names.  The recall was declared after routine testing of the products by the Texas Department of Health.

The recalled Archer Farms products were sold nationwide and had use-by dates in early June 2014.  The recalled Trader Joe’s products were sold in 17 states, including Iowa and Illinois, and had use-by dates in April and May 2014.

The recall is “due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes, an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women,” according to the Food and Drug Administration. 

Sherman Produce is also recalling some bulk and packaged walnuts sold to retailers in Missouri and Illinois, also as a precautionary measure against possible Listeria monocytogenes.  An FDA sampling detected Listeria monocytogenes in walnuts at the facility.
Both manufacturers said no illnesses have been reported in connection with either recall.

Consumers who bought the recalled products were advised to throw them out or return them for a full refund. The products should not be eaten.

The Lansal consumer question line is 877-550-0694.Sherman Produce can be reached for questions at 314-231-2896.