Friday, May 23, 2014

Hummus and Dip Products Recalled for Potential Listeria Contamination

 A MA based company is recalling 14.000 pounds of hummus and dip products after the Texas Department of Health found Listeria during routine testing of one of the containers.  Product was shipped to Target (Archer Farms brand), to Giant Eagle, and to Trader Joes. No illnesses have been reported.

 Listeria is an organism that can become a hazard in these foods if controls are not in place.  These products are most likely cold filled, and thus have post-lethality exposure.  That is, after the product is processed, it is filled into containers.  Environmental contaminates like Listeria, if present through the absence of control, can get into containers during this time.  Because Listeria can grow at refrigeration temperatures, it can grow in the humus essentially from the time the product is shipped until the time the product is consumed.

Here again, we find a private label company having a negative impact on a larger brand, including Trader Joe's.  The processor in the case, Lansal Inc, (d.b.a. Hot Momma's Foods) had bought a hummus filler two years ago for their MA facility (according to the release below).


FDA Recall Notice
Lansal, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Hummus & Dip Products Due to Possible Health Risk
Contact:  Consumer:  (877) 550-0694 from 8:00A.M. to 8:00P.M.
Media: Mark Kretzinger (847) 288-9183 ext. 113

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 19, 2014 - 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. 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.

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:
UPCItemUse by DatesAffected Areas
85239233405Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus 10oz.JUN/11/2014National
8968630 01823Target 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)JUN/11/2014National
85239233498Target Archer Farms Roasted Garlic with Roasted Garlic Tapenade 17 oz.JUN/9/14 & JUN/12/14National
85239233481Target Archer Farms Roasted Red Pepper with Roasted Red Pepper Topping 17 oz.JUN/12/2014National
30034065881Giant Eagle Chipotle Hummus 8oz.MAY/7/2014 & MAY/14/14Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and Maryland.
30034064747Giant Eagle Garlic Hummus 8oz.MAY/7/2014 & MAY/14/14Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and Maryland.
988582Trader Joe’s Edamame Hummus 8oz.APR/28/14 & APR/29/14 & MAY/9/24Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, North Carolina, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia (Southern), Washington
435451Trader Joe’s 5 Layered Dip Small 11.5oz.APR/15/2014Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio & Wisconsin
274043Trader Joe’s 5 Layered Dip Large 24oz.APR/15/2014Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio & Wisconsin
8968630 01410Tryst Yellow Lentil Hummus with Sunflower Seeds & Apricots 10oz
Only Products with the following Lot Codes:
USE BY JUN/10/14 E Time stamp & USE BY JUN/12/14 E Time Stamp
Midwest & Pacific Northwest regions of United States

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.
Consumers who have purchased the above 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. Consumers with any questions may call toll free (877) 550-0694 from 8:00A.M. to 8:00P.M. Eastern Standard Time 7 Days a week.
Hot Mama's Foods expands to meet demand for dips, hummus, salsas

 By Jim Kinney | The Republican    
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on August 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM

SPRINGFIELD – Hot Mama’s Foods is expanding its manufacturing in Springfield with the help of an equipment loan through MassDevelopment.

Hot Mama’s Foods, which has the formal business name of Lansal Inc., borrowed $260,280 to purchase a machine that packages hummus, a spread made from chickpeas, and hummus-like dips.

“It drops the cup, fills it and seals it,” said owner Matthew D. Morse owner. “It’s been up and running since June.”

Hot Mama’s Foods will have hired a dozen new employees in Springfield by the end of 2012 if it keeps to schedule, Morse said. the company has 65 employees in Springfield now and about 60 in a factory near Chicago.

Established in 1984, Hot Mama’s Foods makes fresh, natural, and select organic salsas, hummus, pesto, sauces, salads and dips for regional and national retailers. Morse said many of its products are “private label” brands sold under various store-brand names around the country.

“We have even been able to get our products in Canada and Mexico,” he said.

In 2006, MassDevelopment participated in a $1 million financing package with the Bank of Western Massachusetts – now People’s United Bank – to help Hot Mama’s Foods move to its Avocado Street location and expand in Springfield.

MassDevelopment is the state’s finance and development agency. During fiscal year 2011, MassDevelopment financed or managed more than 300 projects generating investment of $3.8 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are expected to create more than 10,000 jobs, 2,547 of which will be permanent and 8,129 will be in construction. Those projects also include 1,000 new or rebuilt residential units.

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