Bad news for hipsters, their pita chips and their love for Trader Joe’s hummus.
Seven tons of the stuff (including dips with hummus as an ingredient) have been recalled nationwide from the popular food store due to listeria fears.
Massachusetts-based food manufacturer Hot Mama’s Foods announced that it has voluntarily pulled several dip products from store shelves due to concerns about possible contamination by listeria, a potentially life-threatening food-borne bacterium. The products included hummus and dips distributed by Target under the Archer Farms label and at supermarket chains Trader Joe’s and Giant Eagle.
Listeria, the company explained, is potentially dangerous to pregnant women and can “cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.” In healthy individuals, short-term symptoms may include high fever, severe headache and diarrhea.
Fortunately, there have been no reported cases of illness. Consumers who have purchased hummus products on the recall list can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. And a new party dip.