Federal regulators have announced that at least three brands of hummus containing pine nut topping have been recalled throughout the united States, amid fears of potential Listeria contamination.
Reports state that the three hummus brands include Walmart’s Marketside brand too. The hummus products supplied by these brands could have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes as the pine nuts inside the hummus were detected with pathogen.
According to the recall notice, the Hudson Valley Farms Inc. supplied the pine nuts and made the discovery of a potential contamination in its production facility.
Reports state that a Tennesse based company called House of Thaller implemented the recall after officials from the Hudson Valley Farms alerted the regulators about the problem at its production facility, the recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website said.
The hummus products were reportedly distributed to Target and HEB stores, and also to some other retailers.
The three brands, Marketside, Lantana and Fresh Foods Market’s hummus were distributed to various grocery retailers from April to June, including Walmart and Giant Eagle, nationwide in the US, and on April 20 in Canada, according to the notice.
An FDA spokesman told Food Safety News that the Hudson Valley Farms Inc. has terminated all its operations at the moment.
“The FDA is working with Hudson Valley Foods Inc. to facilitate their recall and remove potentially contaminated food from the marketplace. Additionally, the firm is working on corrective actions to remediate the situation and identify the source. We have no further information to share at this time,” the FDA spokesperson said.
The recall notice said that the Hudson Valley Farms Inc. supplied the roasted pine nuts used as garnish for selected varieties of hummus to these brands.
“Routine sampling of a different item produced by the supplier for a different company revealed positive Listeria Monocytogenes findings. HVF Inc. is recalling all products made in their facility during the time of the potential contamination, the notice said.