On Wednesday, the FDA announced in a press release that Sabra had recalled 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus after samples tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. That equals roughly 360,000 containers nationwide of everyone's favorite party/in-between meal/pre-workout/eating out of boredom snack. It's safe to assume that many American households have at least one container of hummus in their fridge, so you should know which Sabra Classic Hummus containers to avoid.
Sabra Dipping Co. voluntarily issued the recall after a routine testing detected Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample, writing on its website: "This measure is limited to five SKUs of Classic Hummus sold nationwide. To date, no other Sabra product is affected by this recall." The potentially deadly bacterium can cause serious infections in young children, elderly people, and those with weakened immune system, as well as miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Costumers in possession of the affected products are instructed to avoid consuming the hummus and either toss it or return to the store for a refund.
So which cartons were affected exactly?
The FDA lists the following cartons as potentially contaminated:
- Sabra Classic Hummus 10 oz with use by dates of best before May 11, 2015 and May 15, 2015, printed with the UPC/SKU code 040822011143 / 300067
- Sabra Classic Hummus 30 oz with use by dates of best before May 11, 2015, printed with the UPC/SKU code 040822014687 / 300074
- Sabra Classic Hummus without Garnish 32oz with use by dates of best before May 11, 2015, printed with the UPC/SKU code 040822342049 / 301216
- Sabra Classic Hummus 17oz Six Pack with use by dates of best before May 11, 2015, printed with the UPC/SKU code 040822017497 / 301290
- Hummus Dual Pack Classic/Garlic 23.5oz with use by dates of best before May 11, 2015, printed with the UPC/SKU code 040822342209 / 301283
Hummus is one of those foods that we don't really give much thought to, but we're certainly glad that it exists. Kind of like Penn Badgley. Hummus is the Penn Badgley of snack foods. It might not be most people's favorite food per se, but when we need a snack, it certainly gets the job done. And we don't really fully appreciate it until it's gone — let's hope Penn Badgley never gets recalled, or retires from acting.
It's a dark time for America right now. You may think that you're alone in your new, bleak hummus-less life, but rest assured that you're not. We're all in this together. Here's how not being able to eat the hummus in the fridge affects all of us.
You Suddenly Have To Get Creative When Throwing Parties
No longer can you simply reach for your go-to Sabra hummus, place it on a table, put some pita chips next to it, and call it "the party buffet."
You Suddenly Don't Know What To Do With All Those Pita Chips And Baby Carrots
Because you can't eat them on their own. That would be like trying to eat pizza that was just a triangular shaped piece of dough with nothing on it. Crazy talk.
You Don't Know What To Do At Work When You're Bored
Idle snacking just got a whole lot trickier.
You Have To Change Your Whole Workout Ritual
Now what do we eat before a run? What if all we had in the fridge was hummus and this whole roast chicken?
You'll Now Actually Go Hungry Between Meals
With the advent of hummus, many people haven't actually felt hungry for decades. This will change everything.