Before you go to the supermarket this weekend, we have a few words for you: Take a close look at your hummus. Sabra has taken 30,000 boxes of snacks and 360,000 containers off the shelves after samples have been tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes – a potential deadly bacterium.
Listeria is a bacterium that originates from soil, water, poultry and cattle. Common food sources that may contain Listeria are pre-packaged delicatessen, dairy products, raw sprouts, soft cheeses, and all smoked seafood that is chilled. The company said, "The contamination potential was discovered when a routine random sample was collected by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Michigan at a retail location on March 30, 2015." Just last week, Blue Bell Creameries remembered banana pudding ice cream for Listeria , This contamination was associated with three deaths in a hospital in Kansas. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported for the hummus.
Because these are food-borne illnesses, you can also get the dish in case of cross-contamination – you do not want to get sick from any of your muscle meals. Cross-contamination can occur due to insufficient cooking and storage temperatures. Lack of personal hygiene; bad handling of food; and animal waste. Here is a checklist to keep your meal preparation safe.
Smart shopping & smart preparing
When shopping, separate the raw meat and put it in plastic bags so that no juice drips on other foods.
Place raw meat in the refrigerator in containers or sealed bags.
Store products and meat in different shelves in the fridge.
As far as the preparation of food is concerned, you should disinfect your work area before and after the preparation of each food. Also, be sure to wash your hands and cooking utensils frequently.
Marinate meat in the fridge, not on the counter.
Use another cutting board for products and another for meat.
Never put cooked food on a plate of raw meat.
Immediately store eggs in a refrigerator – keep in a box.
Use all food products before the expiration date.
If you want to freeze meat, make sure the meat is tightly packed. Avoid burning the freezer and rotting the meat.
Wash your hands.