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If This Hummus Recall Has You Worried About Listeria ...

Certain products with a "best before" date between now and Jan. 23, 2017, should be thrown away.
Posted at 2:41 PM, Nov 21, 2016

If you're a die-hard hummus eater, listen in — Sabra just recalled a ton of its products because of a possible listeria contamination.

The company found traces of the organism at one of its manufacturing facilities. Customers should toss certain products with a "best before" date between now and Jan. 23, 2017. 

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The side effects associated with listeria aren't pretty. In adults, listeria can cause fever, aching and confusion. In some cases, it's deadly. 

It's particularly dangerous for children and pregnant women. Listeria can cause life-threatening disease in newborns. It can also cause miscarriages.

But Sabra isn't alone in this problem — over the past several years, the food industry has had to recall a lot of products because of listeria. 

Contaminated cantaloupes from a Colorado farm in 2011 were linked to the deaths of more than 30 people.

Dole recalled all of its salad mixes from an Ohio processing plant in early 2016. And about 47 million pounds of meat and poultry products were recalled in May of this year.

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There might be some good news here, though. Experts say the recalls are a sign of progress in how the food industry collects data about food processing. 

For example, new technology allows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to link listeria cases that span a long period of time.

As for what consumers can do? Just be careful. The CDC recommends thoroughly cleaning and cooking what you eat and storing food safely.