Maybe it's time to make your own hummus, since this week 7 tons of commercial, processed hummus has been recalled, as you can read about those containers of hummus recalls in the news, due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. To make your own hummus, simply put those cooked or soaked chick peas in a blender with liquid or various types of broth of your choice, puree, and add a handful of sesame seeds. No need to add gobs of oil as many of the commercial hummus recipes do.
You could even blend a peeled avocado (pit removed) with chick peas and sesame seeds and some vegetable broth and season to taste with pitted olives, lemon juice, sauerkraut juice, or apple cider vinegar. There are many variations on a theme, since hummus is legume dip. You can make hummus or bean dip from any type of cooked beans or legumes such as cooked or steamed lentils or mung beans.
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Meanwhile, if you buy commercial hummus to save time with food preparation, the latest news is this week's hummus recall. So many commercial hummus products are made with canola oil instead of sesame seeds which naturally contain sesame seed oil. Some firms use a small amount of olive oil. But if you make your own hummus, you can substitute avocado for the fats and oils.
Or if you're on a reduced fats diet, just puree the chick peas or lentils with vegetable broth and season with herbs and spices such as parsley and dill or basil and oregano. Or puree with celery and a small amount of onion and garlic. In the meantime, be aware that certain commercial containers of hummus are being recalled this week.
Which types of hummus are being recalled this week?
Prepared Foods manufacturer, Lansal, Inc.( d.b.a Hot Mama’s Foods), announced today that as a precaution it is voluntarily recalling approximately 14,860 pounds of hummus and dip products due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes, an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Lansal, Inc. is voluntarily recalling all products manufactured at the same facility and distributed to both wholesalers and retailers during the same time. These include the following products that are packaged in plastic containers, according to the May 19, 2014 FDA news release, "Lansal, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Hummus & Dip Products Due to Possible Health Risk."
Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The potential for contamination was found during a routine test of Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus (10 ounce) by the Texas Department of Health. No illness has been reported. Lansal, Inc. has contacted all impacted retail customers and distributors instructing them to remove all affected product from sale and is working with the appropriate agencies including state Departments of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and local authorities.
What's being recalled currently is Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus 10oz. with a use by date of June 11, 2014. The UPC is 85239233405. There's also Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus 2lb. (Non-retail item; Ingredient item used in SuperTarget store production of 2 items, Archer Farms Mediterranean Veggie Hummus Wrap and Archer Farms Hummus Veggie Snacker) UPC code, 8968630 01823. Other recalled food items are Target Archer Farms Roasted Garlic with Roasted Garlic Tapenade 17 oz. Use by date: JUN/9/14 & JUN/12/14, UPC 85239233498.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled hummus products are urged not to eat it and to dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund
Recalled also is Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus 10oz. JUN/11/2014, 85239233405. Use by date is JUN/11/2014. And also recalled is Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus 2lb. (Non-retail item; Ingredient item used in SuperTarget store production of 2 items. Also recalled is Archer Farms Mediterranean Veggie Hummus Wrap and Archer Farms Hummus Veggie Snacker). Use by date is JUN/11/2014. UPC is 8968630 01823. Other recalls include the following as well as those just mentioned and include the following products: Target Archer Farms Roasted Garlic with Roasted Garlic Tapenade 17 oz. Use by date: JUN/9/14 & JUN/12/14. UPC 85239233498. There's also Target Archer Farms Roasted Red Pepper with Roasted Red Pepper Topping 17 oz, use by date: JUN/12/2014. UPC 85239233481. Other hummus recalls include Giant Eagle Chipotle Hummus 8oz. Use by dates: MAY/7/2014 & MAY/14/14, 30034065881.
Regarding the other hummus recalls that have passed the use by dates but had use by dates in May or April that might still be in your refrigerator and unused yet, don't use them. Throw them out or return them to the store as they're also on the recall list. Those recalled foods this week also include the following:
Recalled items also include Giant Eagle Chipotle Hummus 8oz. UPC 3003406588, Giant Eagle Garlic Hummus 8oz., UPC 30034064747, Trader Joe’s Edamame Hummus 8oz. UPC 988582. The Trader Joe's Edammame Hummus had use by dates as APR/28/14 & APR/29/14 & MAY/9/24. So please don't eat these recalled items. Other Trader Joe's recalled items are Trader Joe’s 5 Layered Dip Small 11.5oz., with MAY/7/2014 & MAY/14/14 use by dates and Trader Joe’s Edamame Hummus 8oz. Return them to the store you bought them at or throw out the item.
Also recalled are Trader Joe’s 5 Layered Dip Large 24oz. with the recall date APR/15/2014. And recalled also is Tryst Yellow Lentil Hummus with Sunflower Seeds & Apricots 10oz. You can return this product to the store you bought it at or throw it out.
You may wish to check out the articles, "Hummus recall at Target, Trader Joe's," and "Trader Joe's, Target Hummus Recalled Over Listeria Fears." Hummus and dip products totaling about 14,860 pounds are being voluntarily recalled by Lansal Inc. amid concerns about possible bacterial contamination. At the same time, Sherman Produce is recalling some bulk and packaged walnuts sold to retailers in Missouri and Illinois. These two recalls are precautionary measures against possible Listeria monocytogenes, which may cause serious and even fatal infections in people with weakened immune systems, such as the elderly.
No illnesses have been reported in connection with either recall, the respective companies said. Both companies advise consumers who bought the recalled products to throw them out or return them for a full refund. The products should not be eaten
Also this week, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products were being recalled because they could be contaminated with a strain of E.coli. You may wish to check out the article, "E. coli outbreak linked to sprouts; hummus, dips, walnuts recalled." Or see, "Why sprouts make you sick." You also may want to check out the site, "See a list of recalled products."
Sherman Produce said it was recalling "241 cases of bulk walnuts packaged in 25 lb bulk cardboard boxes and Schnucks brand 10 oz trays with UPC 00338390032 with best by dates 03/15 and 04/15." Before you buy your next round of groceries, it's a good idea to check out the government sites to see what foods are being recalled each day, before you've bought them. You can look at the FDA's (government) Safety Recalls website to see what's on the latest lists day by day.