U.S. companies recall walnuts, hummus over possible listeria
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[May 23, 2014]
By Laila Kearney
(Reuters) - Two U.S. food companies this
week issued voluntary recalls of walnuts and hummus dips sold at major
retailers after listeria was detected in a sampling of the products, the
Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday.
The recalls come weeks after Wal-Mart settled
lawsuits with the families of 23 people who died from a 2011
listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe grown at a Colorado farm and
sold by the retailer.
St. Louis-based Sherman Produce Co said it would begin recalling 241
cases of bulk walnuts, after a recent routine sampling of the
product purchased by stores in Missouri and Illinois revealed traces
of listeria, the FDA said in a statement.
Massachusetts prepared foods manufacturer Lansal Inc, commonly known
as Hot Mama's Foods, said it would voluntarily pull hummus and dip
products sold at Target, Trader Joe's and other retailers, the
Lansal launched the recall of about 14,860 pounds of hummus after a
single 10-ounce container of Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus
surveyed by the Texas Department of Health tested positive for
listeria, the administration said.
Listeria monocytogenes can lead to serious, even fatal, infections
especially in young children, the elderly and those with weakened
immune systems. Infections can have particularly harmful effects for
pregnant women, including miscarriage and stillbirths.
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No illnesses tied to the Sherman Produce walnuts or Lansal hummus
products have been reported, the FDA said.
The agency urged purchasers of the products to "dispose of them or
return them to the place of purchase for a full refund."
(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Gunna
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