Salmonella scares sparks of hummus

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A salmonella scare has aroused the recall of hummus stocked in a wide range of supermarkets.

The recall is for 17 products at chains like Aldi, Morrisons, Lidl, Asda and Sainsbury's. This also applies to a Nando's branded product.

Products have date of use from October 31[ads1] to November 7.

The Food Standards Agency said: "Zorba Delicacies Limited recalls different brands and flavors of hummus because products may contain salmonella."

"Symptoms caused by salmonella usually include fever, diarrhea and stomach cramps," it states.

Discount retailer Aldi was among the chains that tweeted about the case on Thursday.

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"We have revoked this product because it does not meet high quality standards. Customers should return the product to their nearest store, where they will receive a full refund. We apologize for the inconvenience," said Aldi.

Zorba Delicatessen was not immediately available for comment .

The FSA, which released the recall information on October 29, said that none of its other products were affected.

"Point-of-sale notices will be displayed in all stores selling these products. These alerts explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have purchased the product," the FSA said.

Two years ago, Sainsbury's and Marks & Spencer withdrew parts of the hummus area from stores because of a "production problem".

At that time, it led to hysteria in social media across the Middle East dip.

The UK consumes about 12,000 tonnes a year of dip, usually made from boiled and mashed chickpeas, tahini (sesame paste), lemon and garlic.

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