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January 21, 2000

Wakims Foods Hommus with Vegetables Recalled for Listeria

Bristol, PA (SafetyAlerts) - New York State Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers today warned consumers not to eat certain packages of Wakims Foods Hommus with Vegetables due to possible Listeria contamination.

The product comes in 8-ounce plastic containers with the container code JAN 29. Anyone in possession of this product should not eat it. Instead, consumers should throw it out or return it to point of purchase.

The product is manufactured by Wakims Foods, Inc., 218-R Route 13, Bristol, PA. 19007 which has volunteered to recall this product.  To date, there are no known illnesses associated with this product. A sample of this product tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The sample was taken by inspectors for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets at Shopwell, Inc., 1660 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10028. Shopwell has removed this product from sale at all of their stores. An investigation is ongoing by Department inspectors to determine the exact distribution of the product.

Listeria is a common organism found in nature. It can cause serious complications for pregnant women, such as stillbirths and other problems for people with compromised immune systems. It can also cause flu-like symptoms in healthy individuals.

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