Thursday, May 22, 2014

Consumer Alert: Target recalls Archer Farms Hummus

SFGate reports that Target, Trader Joe's and Giant Eagle are pulling more than 14,000 pounds of hummus and other dips over concerns about a possible listeria contamination.

The distributor - Hot Mama’s Foods of Massachusetts - voluntarily recalled the items, which it ships nationally to Target stores under the Archer Farms label. The company also recalled dips from Trader Joe’s in several states (including California, Oregon and Washington) and from Giant Eagle stores in the Midwest and on the East Coast.

For a complete list of recalled items, visit the recall list on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website. The potential contamination was found during a test of Target Archer Farms Hummus by the Texas Department of Health. No illnesses have been reported, but food contaminated with the bacteria primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. Symptoms of listeria infection include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

All retailers were notified to remove the potentially contaminated foods. The FDA urges customers who purchased any recalled items to throw them out or return them for a refund. Customers with questions can call (877) 550-0694.

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