Sunday, March 7, 2010

Salmonella Scare Prompts Wide Product Recall

(HealthDay News) -- A wide array of food products are being recalled after traces of salmonella were discovered in a common ingredient, officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced late Thursday.

Salmonella Tennessee has been found in a widely used brand of hydrolyzed vegetable protein, a common flavor enhancer that is added to processed foods, the FDA said.

Products such as dips, salad dressings, pre-packaged meals, snacks and soup mixes from a variety of makers are included in the recall. A full list of the items involved in the recall can be found at

"At this time, there are no known illnesses associated with this contamination," FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said during the news conference.

The FDA said the problem was identified after a customer of the manufacturer, Las Vegas-based Basic Food Flavors Inc., notified the FDA in early February that they found salmonella in one lot of the company's hydrolyzed vegetable protein. Read more...

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