Hummus has been withdrawn from sale at Sainsbury's, Asda, Morrisons and Lidl © Getty Images/EyeEm
Hummus has been withdrawn from sale at Sainsbury's, Asda, Morrisons and Lidl © Getty Images/EyeEm

Hummus recalled over salmonella concerns

4 November 2019

UK retailers have recalled hummus products from a single supplier, Zorba Delicacies, which “may contain salmonella”. 

Dozens of hummus products made by the Welsh supplier have been recalled, following an initial warning by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) last week, concerning products from Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Aldi, and Lidl. 

The first recall covered 17 products, with use-by dates up to 7 November 2019. The FSA’s update now extends to a total of 82 products with use-by dates until 17 November. 

Other retailers affected include Booker, John Lewis, Iceland, and Spar. Hummus sold by brands such as The Real Deli and Nandos have also been recalled. 

A spokesman for Zorba Delicacies said it “maintains thorough procedures for the sourcing, use and testing of all products including independent laboratory testing – the frequency of which goes beyond the minimum standards set for the industry”.

“The first issue was identified in a limited volume of hummus during our testing procedure and root cause analysis quickly pointed to the likely source being an ingredient supplied by a third party.

“Further extensive testing of batches of the suspected ingredient resulted in a presumptive indication of the presence of salmonella in a sample. Further testing and results to confirm this initial finding are awaited, although the company took the precautionary step of recalling additional hummus items based on this presumptive result.

“In both instances, we immediately alerted the FSA, with whom we continue to work on this matter, and instructed customers to remove product from all outlets.”

The FSA said symptoms of salmonella usually include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. It did not say if anyone had become ill after consuming any hummus products. 

It advised customers who had bought any of the affected products to not eat them and “return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund”.

In 2017, supermarkets including Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer withdrew hummus from their stores over complaints from customers about the taste.

Both retailers confirmed at the time they were investigating the “production issues”.

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