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Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 4:06pm
Hummus and dip products totaling about 14,860 pounds are being voluntarily recalled by Lansal, Inc. amid concerns about possible bacterial contamination.
At the same time, Sherman Produce is recalling some bulk and packaged walnuts sold to retailers in Missouri and Illinois.
The recalls are precautionary measures against possible Listeria monocytogenes, which may cause serious and even fatal infections in people with weakened immune systems, such as the elderly.
No illnesses have been reported in connection with either recall, the respective companies said.
Both companies advise consumers who bought the recalled products to throw them out or return them for a full refund. They should not eat these products.
What is Listeria?
Most Listeria infections may not be noticed because the symptoms are mild, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Symptoms of a Listeria infection in an otherwise healthy person include fever, muscle aches, stiff neck, headache, loss of balance and convulsions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems may occur before these symptoms.
Pregnant women infected with Listeria may suffer miscarriages, premature delivery, or stillbirths. The newborn may have a serious infection if the mother has been sick with it.
Hummus and dips
In the case of Lansal, the Texas Department of Health identified the potential for Listeria contamination while routinely testing a Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus product.
"Lansal, Inc. is voluntarily recalling all products manufactured at the same facility and distributed to both wholesalers and retailers during the same time," the company said in a statement.
Included in this recall are some Target Archer Farms hummus products nationwide. Certain Giant Eagle hummus products in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland are also affected.
Trader Joe's 5 Layered Dip, both large and small, with a use-by date of April 15 is being recalled in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.
The 8-ounce container of Trader Joe's Edamame Hummus is recalled in 17 states with use-by dates of April 28, April 29 and May 9.
Some plastic containers of Tryst Yellow Lentil Hummus with Sunflower Seeds & Apricots are also affected.
"Lansal, Inc. has contacted all impacted retail customers and distributors instructing them to remove all affected product from sale and is working with the appropriate agencies including state Departments of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and local authorities," the company said.
The Lansal consumer question line is 877-550-0694.
Sherman Produce said it was recalling "241 cases of bulk walnuts packaged in 25 lb bulk cardboard boxes and Schnucks brand 10 oz trays with UPC 00338390032 with best by dates 03/15 and 04/15."
An FDA sampling detected Listeria monocytogenes in walnuts at the facility.
Sherman Produce can be reached for questions at 314-231-2896.