Hum­mus pulled from stores in sal­mo­nella alert

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Sean Poulter Con­sumer Af­fairs Ed­i­tor

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.’

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