By: Pooja Sharma

Around 16,000 people are sickened by Listeria each year. Listeria is particularly dangerous and can be even fatal for infants, younger children, pregnant women and the elderly — or anyone who has a weakened immune system. A variety of products, including: granola, protein bars, and nuts have been recalled earlier this month due to Listeria concerns. At least 14 companies in the United States have recalled their products in June due to possible bacterial contamination by Listeria monocytogenes.

Among those recalls this week, the latest of those include:

Ava’s Brand Cashews & Almonds, Hampton farms:

Hampton farms has expanded their recall of products to Ava’s Cashews and Almonds from Hudson Valley farms in its series of recalls this month. On May 27, 2017, they also recalled cashews infected with Listeria. This recall, however, was just a cautionary measure, and the test results for contamination of Listeria monocytogenes was found to be negative in all the products.

Product Name Product Size “Use By” date Lot Code UPC Code
Ava’s Organic Roasted Unsalted Cashews 8 oz 4/28/18 11817 8-10111-01036-8
8 oz 5/1/18 12617 8-10111-01036-8
8 oz 6/5/18 15917 8-10111-01036-8
Ava’s Organic Roasted Unsalted Almonds  

8 oz

 

4/10/18

 

10217

 

8-10111-01032-0

The products were distributed in New Jersey, and all the distributors have been notified about the recall. Anyone who has the products that match the information mentioned in the table above should return the items immediately.

Chic-A-Peas Snacks:

Chic-A-Peas, LLC offers baked crunchy chickpeas healthy snacks. The company recently recalled three of its 2 oz. packages due to contamination by Listeria monocytogenes. The recall notice doesn’t disclose the concerning ingredients or how the bacteria got into its products. The recall snacks have been distributed both nationally and internationally, through the retailers and online stores.

The company has already made sure to inform all the distributors to remove the products from their shelves and inventory to avoid any further circulation.

Product Name Product Size “Use By” Date Lot Code UPC Code
Chic-A-Peas, Baked Crunchy Chickpeas, Sea Salt 2 oz. (57g) 12/27/2017 0867 853404004033
Chic-A-Peas, Baked Crunchy Chickpeas, Fresh Salsa 2 oz. (57g) 12/27/2017 0877 853404004071
Chic-A-Peas, Baked Crunchy Chickpeas, Falafel 2 oz. (57g) 12/28/2017 0897 853404004026

Check the expiration date and lot codes at the end of the packet to check whether any information matches above. You can return the products to the place of purchase and request full refund in case you have the contaminated product.

No illnesses have been reported by any consumers at this time. The recall has just been out of an abundance of caution to prevent any possible contamination.

Hummus Packages:

House of Thaller, a Knoxville Tennessee company recalled its 10 ounce packages of various varieties of Hummus. The recall notice was issued after one of their suppliers notified them of the potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. Brands affected by the recalls include: Fresh Foods Market, Marketside, and Lantana. Company has distributed these products nationwide from April 18,2017 to June 13,2017, and included reputed retailers like Target and Walmart. This is the reason why this recall has the longest list of products associated with it.

  • Marketside Classic Hummus With Pine Nuts:UPC Code: 681131138475 with the following expiration dates and lot codes:
    • use by June 28, 2017, W1704145
    • use by June 19, 2017, W1704066
    • use by June 19, 2017, W1704065

  • Fresh Foods Markets Artisan Hummus  With Pine Nuts:UPC code: 72036027054 with the following expiration dates and lot codes:
    • use by June 23, 2017, W1704176;
    • use by July 7, 2017, W1704383;
    • use by July 15, 2017, W1705037;
    • use by July 20, 2017; W1705122;
    • use by Aug. 2, 2017, W1705296
    • use by Aug. 17, 2017, W1706102
  • Lantana White Bean Hummus with Pine Nut & Herb Topping:UPC code: 896863001434, with the following expiration dates and lot codes:
    • use by June 19, 2017, W1704129;
    • use by June 20, 2017, W1704138;
    • use by June 22, 2017, W1704161;
    • use by June 22, 2017, W1704164;
    • use by June 22, 2017, W1704165;
    • use by June 29, 2017, W1704253;
    • use by June 29, 2017, W1704254;
    • use by June 29, 2017, W1704257;
    • use by June 30, 2017, W1704274;
    • use by June 30, 2017, W1704275;
    • use by July 4, 2017, W1704346;
    • use by July 6, 2017, W1704365;
    • use by July 6, 2017, W1704366;
    • use by July 12, 2017, W1704403;
    • use by July 12, 2017, W1705004;
    • use by July 15, 2017, W1705041;
    • use by July 15, 2017; W1705044;
    • use by July 15, 2017, W1705045;
    • use by July 18, 2017, W1705088;
    • use by July 24, 2017, W1705175;
    • use by July 24, 2017, W1705176;
    • use by July 24, 2017,W1705177;
    • use by July 26, 2017, W1705199;
    • use by July 26, 2017, W1705200;
    • use by July 27, 2017, W1705201;
    • use by July 27, 2017, W1705203;
    • use by July 27, 2017, W1705207;
    • use by Aug. 2, 2017, W1705306;
    • use by Aug. 2, 2017, W1705307;
    • use by Aug. 3, 2017, W1705315;
    • use by Aug. 3, 2017, W1705316;
    • use by Aug. 5, 2017, W1705335;
    • use by Aug. 5, 2017, W1705336;
    • use by Aug. 9, 2017, W1705390;
    • use by Aug. 10, 2017, W1705401;
    • use by Aug. 10, 2017, W1705402;
    • use by Aug. 15, 2017, W1706065

There are no consumer illnesses reported for these products as well. Consumers are asked to return any of these hummus packages if they still have them.

Seek medical attention if you have consumed any of these products. Also, make sure to continuously track the symptoms for up to 70 days, since it can take that long to develop the ill effects. Listeria infections can vary from mild to severe depending on person to person. It is rarely life-threatening. People with normal working of immune function are not affected as much as the others. This is why pregnant women are also at higher risk since their immune function is impaired during pregnancy. Any Listeria infection can lead to stillbirth, premature labor, infection in newborn and stillbirth. Symptoms in other individuals include: nausea, diarrhea, bowel movements that can be as high as 12 a day. Once Listeriosis is detected, it can be treated with antibiotics.

Interestingly, Listeria is normally associated with deli meats, dairy, celery, cantaloupes, ice cream, hot dogs and raw sprouts. Spread of Listeria monocytogenes among other food products is risky and scary at the same time. We are seeing more and more foods that we never thought would be subject to Listeria contamination on recall lately.

 

Sources:

  1. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/20/12-food-companies-issue-recall-possible-contaminat/
  2. http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/06/hummus_sold_at_target_walmart.html
  3. https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm563822.htm
  4. https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm563528.htm