Hummus pulled from stores in salmonella alert
THOUSANDS of tubs of hummus are being recalled from supermarkets after a food poisoning alert.
The Food Standards Agency has published a list of products made by dips manufacturer Zorba Delicacies as being potentially contaminated with salmonella.
The company, which is based in Ebbw Vale, Wales, has issued a series of recalls over the past week warning the product ‘may’ contain the bug. The first recall covered tubs of hummus with use-by dates of up to November 7, but it has now been extended to November 17.
The tubs have been sold under own-label brands by Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda as well as discounters Lidl, Aldi and Iceland. The recall also includes products sold by food wholesale supplier Booker, as well as Spar, Safeway, The Real Deli, John Lewis and a Nando’s ‘houmous with peri-peri drizzle’.
Britain consumes about 12,000 tons of hummus a year. It is usually made of cooked and mashed chick peas, tahini (sesame paste), lemon and garlic. Zorba Delicacies described the recall as ‘precautionary’.
The FSA said symptoms caused by salmonella usually include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps.
It added: ‘If you have bought any of the products do not eat them. Instead, return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund.’