Although no illnesses have been reported yet, the FDA reports that Trader Joe’s, Target, Giant Eagle and Tryst are recalling “approximately 14,860 pounds of hummus and dip products due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.”

If you have recently purchased hummus or products including hummus (like wraps), tapenade, roasted red peppers or dips from those stores, you should check the FDA list of recalled products to see if your product has been recalled.

With the recall happening so close to Memorial Day weekend — when the BBQ and picnic season kicks into full gear — is a reminder that the manufacturing factory isn’t the only place food safety can be compromised. Foods can be become contaminated if they aren’t handled properly once they come into your home, especially if they sit out too long and harmful bacteria is allowed to grow.

No one wants food poisoning on a holiday weekend (or ever, really). If you need a quick review of how to handle foods properly, you’ll want to revisit these food safety articles.

  • 9 summer food safety tips: From starting with a clean kitchen where the food is prepared to how long foods can safely stay unrefrigerated, this list of tips will help you make sure party foods stay safe.
  • Tailgating food safety tips: If you’re tailgating before a baseball game this weekend – professional or Little League – take a look at these tips that tackle some of the particular issues of parking lot partying.
  • 12 tips for safe eating while traveling: AAA is predicting a major boom in holiday travel this Memorial Day. If you’re one of the many heading out of town to an unfamiliar destination, these tips will help you avoid problems from contaminated foods.
  • How safe are those leftovers?: Once the party is done, you’re bound to have leftover. Make sure the food is handled as safely after the guests leave as it was before they arrived.
Stay safe this holiday weekend!

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Hummus recall is a reminder to think about food safety this Memorial Day weekend
With BBQ and picnic season kicking into full gear this weekend, it's time to review food safety in general.