E. Coli, Listeria Outbreak Spreads to Pennsylvania's Hummus, Nuts
Two Local Retailers Carry Risky Products
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have their hands full this week. E. coli and other bacteria showed up again in Pennsylvania food stores in several products containing certain nuts, beans, and seeds.
Manufacturers sent out a voluntary recall of Target's "Archer Farms" and Giant Eagle's store brand hummus after screenings showed traces of listeria on products with use-by dates anywhere between May 7 and June 12. This bacterium is annoying for people with healthy immune systems, but seniors and pregnant women are at a much higher risk if they consume listeria. Miscarriages, stillbirths, and birth defects are all linked to listeria consumption during pregnancy.
The two chains of stores with locations in PA—Target and Giant Eagle—have reported that their products haven't made anyone sick, but the manufacturers are dedicated to getting risky products off their shelves.
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