Food companies Sherman Produce and Lansal have issued voluntary recalls of walnuts and hummus dips sold at major retailers after Listeria was detected in a sampling of the products, the FDA 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.
Lansal voluntarily pulls hummus and dip products sold at Target, Trader Joe’s and other retailers over possible Listeria contamination
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 administration said.
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.
No illnesses tied to the Sherman Produce walnuts or Lansal hummus products have been reported, the FDA said.
The FDA urged purchasers of the products to “dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund”.
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Daniel Callazo, a worker at hummus manufacturer Tribe Mediterranean in Massachusetts, died Friday after his arm became caught in a grinder.
Police were called in just after 1:00 a.m., pronouncing Daniel Callazo, 28, dead at the scene.
Daniel Callazo’s body was taken to a nearby hospital.
“The only information I really have is that he became stuck in a rather large machine which some people call an auger and others call it a grinder,” Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for the Bristol County District Attorney’s office said.
“It appears to have been a tragic accident. … It was part of his duties to clean and sanitize the machinery for obvious health code and safety reasons. But the exact circumstances of that will be part of the investigation,” Gregg Miliote told the Taunton Gazette.
Tribe Mediterranean, which is the second largest hummus brand on the market according to The Jewish Week, temporarily shut its factory down while an investigation by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration ensues.
“Foremost we are terribly saddened by this morning’s incident, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the individual’s family at this difficult time,” a statement released by the company read.
A spokesman for the Bristol County District Attorney’s office said the death appears to be accident but they are still investigating, “as we would any unattended death”.
The Tribe Mediterranean plant recently completed an $8 million expansion over the summer.
At the time of the expansion it predicted they would add about 60 new jobs to their company.
That new number would bring their workforce to 125.