Target, Trader Joe's Hummus Recalled Over Possible Listeria Contamination

More than 7 tons of hummus recalled

Thursday, May 22, 2014  |  Updated 4:46 PM CDT
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Lansal, Inc. issued a voluntary recall Thursday of more than seven tons of hummus sold at Target and Trader Joe's stores across the country because of concerns about a possible listeria contamination.

Though no illness has been reported, Lansal said the potential for contamination was discovered during a routine test of Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus.

Beyond the national recall of certain items, Illinois was specifically included in the recall of two Trader Joe's dips: 24-ounce 5 Layered Dip Large and 11.5 ounce 5 Layered Dip Small.

Tryst Yellow Lentil Hummus with Sunflower Seeds & Apricots was recalled in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest regions of the country.

The national recall included the following Target products: 10-ounce Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus, 17-ounce Target Archer Farms Roasted Garlic with Roasted Garlic Tapenade and 17-ounce Target Archer Farms Roasted Red Pepper with Roasted Red Pepper Topping.

Stores and distributors were told to remove all affected products from sale, and Lansal said it's working with state Departments of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and local authorities to get the word out.

The organism Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems, according to a statement from the FDA. 

Symptoms may include headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. A listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, according to the FDA.

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