Health Ministry announces mass recall of Tzabar hummus over salmonella contamination

Grocery stores ordered to pull from shelves 10 different types of hummus products produced by the Osem food manufacturing giant with an expiration date of December 26, 2022

View of the Osem Investments Ltd. factory in Soham, December 30, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
View of the Osem Investments Ltd. factory in Soham, December 30, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

The Health Ministry on Tuesday announced a recall of 10 different types of Tzabar hummus products produced by the Osem food manufacturing giant after salmonella was identified in one of the production lines.

The directive was issued for the various types and variations of Tzabar hummus products whose labeled expiration date is December 26, 2022.

Stores have been ordered to remove these products from their shelves and customers who have already purchased them were warned against consuming them.

The Health Ministry said in a statement that Osem identified the salmonella in a routine exam at one of its factories, and believes one of the raw materials was responsible for the contamination.

One of the Tzabar brand hummus products recalled on November 29, 2022. (Health Ministry)

Tuesday’s recall came less than a week after Osem competitor, Strauss Group, announced that production had resumed at a chocolate factory that had been shut down for months due to salmonella contamination.

Many Elite chocolate products returned to shelves last week after being noticeably absent since a massive recall in April, the company said.

These include chocolate bars and wafers as well as chocolate spread.

Other previously recalled items, such as the popular Pesek Zman, Ta’ami and Twist chocolate bars, will return to the shelves within weeks, the company added.

Strauss said in its statement that the factory in the northern town of Nof Hagalil has resumed production “after significant investments were made to ensure the quality and safety of the products.”

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