The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a widespread recall of products containing hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), a common ingredient used most frequently as a flavor enhancer in many processed foods, including soups, sauces, chilis, stews, hot dogs, gravies, seasoned snack foods, dips and dressings.The products may contain Salmonella.
What is hydrolyzed vegetable protein?
It is a food additive produced by taking soy, corn or wheat and soaking it in hydrochloric acid and sodium chloride, breaking down the proteins in the grain or vegetable into their constituent amino acids. Among the amino acids produced is glutamic acid which forms monosodium glutamate or MSG. Manufacturers are increasingly showing hydrolyzed vegetable protein on labels to avoid mentioning the unpopular MSG.
No illnesses have been reported from the 153 products recalled.
The manufacturer of the HVP is Basic Food Flavors Inc in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company is recalling all hydrolyzed vegetable protein in powder and paste form produced since Sept. 17, 2009.
The FDA has posted a 10 page list of products recalled, many of which are sold in the Philadelphia area. Among the locally available products recalled are:
- T. Marzetti vegetable dips,
- Herbox beef, chicken and vegetable bouillon,
- McCormick dip mixes in French onion and vegetable, McCormick onion gravy mix and McCormick corn bread stuffing,
- CVS honey mustard pretzel bites,
- President’s Choice honey mustard onion pretzel bites,
- Safeway honey mustard onion nuggets,
- Herr’s Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt Flavored Kettle Style chips and
- Quaker baked cheddar snack mix.
The FDA is recommending that consumers
• Check www.foodsafety.gov for a list of recalled products;
• Remember to follow cooking instructions for all foods.
• Report symptoms of Salmonella or other food-related illness to your local
health care professional.
According to the FDA:
Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Most healthy people recover from Salmonella infections within four to seven days without treatment. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses, such as arterial infections (infected aneurysms), infection of the lining of the heart, and arthritis.
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