Cava Spicy Hummus Recalled For Potential Sesame Allergy Risk

Cava Foods Inc. issued a voluntary recall of its packaged CAVA Spicy Hummus on July 17, 2023 due to the product potentially containing undeclared sesame, according to an announcement from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. The voluntary recall is a result of using the wrong packaging lids for CAVA Spicy Hummus, which does contain sesame. These lids were originally to be used for CAVA Spicy Labneh, which does not have sesame.

The recall of the contaminated hummus pertains to prepackaged 8-ounce plastic tubs of CAVA Spicy Hummus purchased at Whole Foods, Giant Foods, MOM's Organic Market, and regional independent retailers. If you purchased the product on or after June 16, 2023, check the label on the side of the package for "UPC 89832800227, Lot# MD023804" along with a best-by date of August 19, 2023. Sesame is a common food allergen, and those who are allergic to these seeds risk severe or life-threatening reactions if they consume this specific product from Cava.

Next steps for your recalled product

If you bought a package of this product, you can return the contaminated item to the place of purchase for a full refund. It's worth noting that the company states it has not received any customer complaints or illness due to the mislabeling of the hummus at the time of publishing.

You should also keep an eye out for any family or friends who have a sesame allergy and ate the contaminated product in the past couple of days. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to sesame include difficulty breathing, hives, coughing, nausea, and vomiting, per Healthline. You may also experience a drop in heart rate or abdominal pain. To be completely safe, remove the product from your refrigerator and clean your fridge to avoid cross-contamination with other foods. And if you have any questions regarding the hummus recall, visit Cava's website and contact the company via "Contact Support" located at the bottom of the page.