Health fanatics you have been warned: an E. coli outbreak has been extended to include contaminated hummus, walnuts, and other dips temporarily. Earlier this week, a ground beef recall was issued for 1.8 million pounds of beef due to the spreading bacteria.
Hummus and dip products totaling about 14,680 pounds has been voluntarily recalled by Lansal Inc. regarding concerns about possible bacterial contamination. CNN reports that people in Idaho and Washington have fallen ill after eating raw clover sprouts. Walnuts sold in Missouri and Illinois are also culprits of spreading the E. coli outbreak. Seven confirmed and three likely cases of E. coli infection linked to the raw clover sprouts have been reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
All of those who have fallen ill have been hospitalized.
Preliminary investigations deduce that the likely source of these E. coli outbreaks are raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts LLC of Idaho, the CDC said. The state departments of health in Washington and Idaho are encouraging consumers to not eat raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts.
Sherman Produce is being cautious as well recalling some bulk and packaged walnuts sold to retailers in Missouri and Illinois.
Both recalls are precautionary measures against possible List4eria monocytogenes, which can 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, both companies have stated.
Both companies advise their consumers who bought the recalled products to throw them out or return them for a full refund.
Escherichia coli is defined as a large group of bacteria; most are harmless, while some can lead to serious illnesses. The strain involved in the sprout-linked outbreak is known as Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121.
E. coli infection can result in severe diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Health Fanatics Be Warned: E. Coli Outbreak Hits Hummus, Walnuts, And Sprouts