There’s Officially Nothing Safe For Preggos To Eat After The Past Month’s Multiple Listeria Recalls
Step away from the pita chips and hummus. I repeat: step away from the pita chips and hummus. More food is trying to give you listeria, and no, it’s still not lunch meat. Sabra, hummus Gods, issued a recall yesterday of over 30,000 containers of classic hummus after a routine inspection detected possible contamination by Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria has been in the news a lot recently. Two weeks ago it was the cause of a massive recall of Amy’s Kitchen products, and it’s wreaking havoc over at Blue Bell, who just announced they’re expanding their recall to include banana pudding flavored ice cream. The recall already includes six different flavors distributed to stores in 23 states and caused the temporary shutdown of an entire plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
According to the Detroit Free Press, about 1,600 people in the United States contract listeriosis each year. In healthy individuals it can cause fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, and diarrhea, but in young children and the elderly the infections can be more severe and sometimes fatal. In pregnant women it can cause miscarriages and stillbirth. This is why most doctors caution against consuming lunch meat and soft cheeses while pregnant, even though it seems like there’s listeria in pretty much everything else. I mean, what kind of twisted hellscape are we living in when Oscar Mayer is safer than Amy’s?
The good news is no one has actually become sick from the food involved in these recalls. Right now they’re stillÂ strictly precautionary. If you’ve got a big ‘ol container of tasty hummus in the fridge, just be sure to check the packaging before you chow down. Here’s a link to the full list of recalled products.