DEH warns consumers about hummus recall

The Department of Environmental Health is advising consumers that a foreign food distributor has recalled some of its hummus products. Pita Pal Foods, based in Houston, Texas, issued the recall, which is believed to be connected to a contamination by the Listeria bacterium.

Some of the brand names involved include: Lantana, Buccee’s, Fresh Thyme, Harris Teeter, Hummus Hummus, Pita Pal, Lidl, Reasor’s, Roundy’s, Schnucks and 7-Select. Expiration dates on the recalled products range from 25 July 2019 through to 18 Sept. 2019 and, in some cases, 1 Jan. 2020.

DEH environmental health officers have contacted all local wholesalers and markets to make sure that they are not offering the affected products for sale to local consumers.

Pita Pal Foods claims that it is making the recall out of an abundance of caution and that there have not been any reported illnesses associated with the group of products.

The DEH is advising consumers to refrain from using affected products. If you have them in your kitchen, dispose of them or return the unopened packages to the place of purchase. If you have consumed the any of the products and fallen ill, contact your medical provider immediately.

Listeria has been known to cause severe infections in young children, seniors and others with weakened immune systems.

Healthy people infected with the bacteria often experience fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhoea.

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