The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is investigating a cluster of salmonella infections in individuals who all reported eating at Moby Dick House of Kabob restaurant, which has multiple locations in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Since September 10, nine confirmed cases have been reported in Maryland. The exact cause of the infections has not been determined and the investigation is ongoing, but eight of nine cases reported consuming Moby Dick House of Kabob hummus.
At this time, Moby Dick House of Kabob has voluntarily suspended sale of hummus and MDH recommends that consumers discard hummus purchased from any Moby Dick House of Kabob. Individuals who have recently eaten food from Moby Dick House of Kabob and are experiencing any adverse medical symptoms should seek medical attention.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada correspondent Rob Mancini writes:
I hate hummus.
My wife loves it.
Concerns with potential Listeria contamination and food are on-going due to the ubiquitous nature of this pathogen. In Nov. 2016, there was a significant recall of hummus due to potential Listeria concerns with certain Sabra brand hummus products in both Canada and the US. Food producers, manufacturers, retail and foodservice operations are in a constant battle to control this problem and continually seeking new innovative products/solutions for its’ control.
A study published in 2006 found that a combination of citric acid, nisin, and proper hygienic practices served as an effective means to minimize growth of the pathogen in hummus. It may also be a good idea to take into consideration where the ingredients were sourced and ensuring that your facility are following and adhering to good GMP’s.
Lantana Foods, the company that supplied the hummus, notified Harris Teeter of the possible contamination, and the grocer promptly removed it from its cases.
Affected products include Fresh Foods Market Artisan Hummus Pine Nuts with UPC 7203602705.
Harris Teeter is using transaction data to notify shoppers who may have purchased the hummus, according to a press release on the company’s website.
If you purchased any hummus affected by the recall you should discard it immediately or return it to Harris Teeter for a full refund.
Listeriosis is a severe infection caused by eating food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The disease typically affects children, the elderly, and adults with weakened immune systems.
To date, no listeria infections have been associated with the Harris Teeter hummus recall.
Al-Holy, M, Al-Qadiri,H, Lin, M, and Rasco, B. Inhibition of Listeria innocua in Hummus by a Combination of Nisin and Citric Acid. Journal of Food Protection, Vol. 69, No. 6, 2006, Pages 1322–1327
The products come in 16 ounce plastic tubs with SKU numbers printed on the top labels and “USE BY” date codes stamped on the bottom of the tubs, along with the plant identification code “C”. To clarify, products with plant identification code “J” were produced in a different facility and are NOT affected by this recall. In addition, Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus Snack Pack with Pita Chips (SKU #97136) is NOT part of this recall.
To date there have been no confirmed illnesses.
The potential for contamination was noted after testing by the company revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in product manufactured on the same equipment. The company subsequently identified the source of the issue and has corrected the matter. All potentially affected products have been removed from store shelves and destroyed.
Loblaw Companies Limited is recalling President’s Choice brand Moroccan-Style Hummus from the marketplace because it may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.
Brand Name: President’s Choice
Common Name: Moroccan-Style Hummus
Size: 280 g
Code(s) on Product: Best before 2015 JN 14
UPC: 0 60383 13387 0
What you should do
Check to see if you have recalled product in your home. Recalled product should be thrown out or returned to the store where it was purchased.
Food contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin may not look or smell spoiled. The toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria is not easily destroyed at normal cooking temperatures. Common symptoms of Staphylococcus poisoning are nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and fever. In severe cases of illness, headache, muscle cramping and changes in blood pressure and pulse rate may occur.
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This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.
The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.
My kids don’t eat much. Their staples include bagels, buns, peanut butter, carrots, apple sauce.
Their brand of choice is Sabra.
I just got home from a hockey game (a 7-2 loss, we got smoked) and opened up my email and saw that a few Sabra hummus products have been recalled due to Listeria. According to a recall notice on the FDA website, it’s only few specific lots, and the recall was initiated following a routine sample by Michigan regulatory folks found contamination.
And I’m left with a bunch of questions. I need to know this stuff to better understand the risk to my kids.
How much contamination was there (10 cfu/g? 1,000,000 cfu/g?)?
How long was the product in storage/transport before I bought it. Now that I think of it, how long has it been in my fridge?
The stuff I have been feeding my kids has different codes. Were the containers I have made in the same facility? On the same line?
And why is Sabra so specific about the recalled SKUs? Did they have a sanitation clean break between lots?
Have they validated their sanitation procedures?
How well did the sanitation crew do their job?
We’ve seen other recalls expand as further information is discovered, will this one?
In the absence of answers (to stuff that should go into a recall notice) I’m chucking the half-finished containers.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports on September 27, 2011, three clinical isolates of Salmonella enterica serotype Bovismorbificans with indistinguishable pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) patterns were identified by the District of Columbia Public Health Laboratory (PHL). Human infection with S. Bovismorbificans is rare in the United States.
Through query of PulseNet, the national molecular subtyping network for foodborne disease surveillance, six additional cases with indistinguishable PFGE patterns were identified in three states (Maryland, Michigan, and Virginia) during the prior 60 days.
All nine patients had eaten at restaurants in the District of Columbia (DC) or northern Virginia <2 weeks before illness onset. This report summarizes the investigation led by the DC Department of Health (DOH), in which 23 cases of S.Bovismorbificans infections were identified among persons from seven states and DC, with illness onset during August 19–November 21, 2011. On May 30, 2012, traceback indicated that contaminated tahini (sesame seed paste) used in hummus prepared at a Mediterranean-style restaurant in DC was a plausible source of Salmonella infections.
DOH restricted the sale of hummus and prohibited the use of hummus ingredients in other food items at implicated restaurants to prevent further illness. This investigation also illustrates challenges associated with ingredient-driven outbreaks and the value of PulseNet for identifying clusters of cases that are geographically dispersed.
A popular brand of hummus has been recalled in New Zealand because it may contain listeria.
Life Health Food (LHF) announced yesterday that they were recalling Lisa’s Organic Hummus Roasted Garlic dip with an expiry date of May 11 2012, because it had tested positive for listeria during routine testing.
About 300 tubs of the hummus have already been sold, virtually all in the South Island.
There have been no reports of illness as of yet, but consumers who felt unwell after eating the product were advised to seek medical advice.