Listeria testing triggers nationwide recall of walnuts and hummus

Listeria monocytogenes CDC image Listeria testing triggers nationwide recall of walnuts and hummusJust days after Walmart settled 23 civil claims with families of victims harmed by a deadly listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe, two more U.S. food manufacturers have issued recalls after finding listeria in their products.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that one recall involves walnuts from St. Louis, Missouri-based Sherman Produce Company. The company said it is recalling 241 cases of bulk walnuts after routine sampling detected the bacteria.

The other recall involves Lansal Inc., a Massachusetts processed foods manufacturer that is commonly known as “Hot Mama’s Foods.” The company said it is voluntarily recalling hummus and dips that it manufactured and sold to Target, Trader Joe’s, and other retailers after listeria was found in some of its products.

According to the FDA, the Texas Department of Health detected listeria in a 10-oz. container of Archer Farms Traditional Hummus made by Lansal and sold by Target. The finding triggered a recall of nearly 7.5 tons of hummus.

No illnesses tied to either the Sherman Produce walnuts or Lansal / Archer Farms hummus have been reported the FDA, but it urged consumers who bought the products to “dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.”

Earlier this month, Walmart settled lawsuits filed by families of victims who died after eating listeria-tainted cantaloupe in 2011 outbreak. That litigation, however, continues against several other retailers and distributors that carried the melons, which were produced by Jensen Farms of Holly, Colo.


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