Users on social media complained of a ‘metallic taste’ and chickpeas used in the dip are believed to at fault.
The supplier of the hummus (or houmous) to Tesco, Sainsbury’s and M&S stores in the UK was Bakkavor. The firm did not respond to our requests for comment.
Sevan suspects chickpeas
The notice affects some products with dates from April 1 until June 11, 2017.
The firm told us the background to the recall is of a taste difference as no complaints were to do with illness.
“We believe this has something to do with the chickpea inside the hummus, and this investigation is ongoing. We have cleared the factory from old stock and are now only producing with new stock of chickpeas,” it added.
Sevan said chickpeas were from Canada and no decision had been made yet on future sourcing.
UK: Quality issue with supplier
The UK FSA hadn’t been notified about the withdrawal when we asked the agency for comment but said businesses only need to make it aware of such action if it was for food safety reasons.
“We’re seeking confirmation that this withdrawal was done on quality rather than safety grounds, and the information we’ve received so far shows there is no indication of a food safety concern.”
Sainsbury’s said some customers told it the houmous didn’t taste the way it normally would so it withdrew ‘a number of lines’ and is investigating a quality issue with the supplier.
“We've temporarily removed a number of houmous lines from sale due to a production issue at our supplier. We expect to be fully stocked [Thursday] and are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.”
@the_loop_line We've temporarily removed a number of houmous lines from sale due to a production issue at our supplier.. 1/2— Sainsbury's (@sainsburys) April 27, 2017
A spokesperson for Marks & Spencer said: “Some of our houmous products were temporarily taken off shelf due to a supplier issue. We can reassure customers that our recipe hasn’t changed and that houmous is now back in store.”
@lilchinacup Do you mind asking your colleagues what it is about the hummus they don't like? We'll let our team know pronto! 2/2— M&S (@marksandspencer) April 20, 2017
A Tesco spokesperson said: “We haven’t experienced any availability issues with our hummus in stores, and customers can continue to enjoy the range.”
@DarrenMcNaney Hi Darren, I'm so sorry! Are you able to return this to any Metro, Extra or Superstore? My colleagues can then help. - Aimee— Tesco (@Tesco) April 17, 2017