In February there was a recall issues for products containing hydrolyzed vegetable protein. This includes many products that are found in most pantries around the country. There are 159 products on the recall list that you can check out for yourself by clicking here.
The FDA has found that the Las Vegas company Basic Food Flavors Inc. continued to make and distribute foods for nearly a month even after it was learned that Salmonella was present at the time of processing the foods. This company is the cause for this huge recall.
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein is used in many processed foods as a flavor enhancer. This includes canned chilies and stews, soup, gravy, chips and crackers and even hotdogs, and salad dressings. Simply put everyone needs to go through their cabinets and fridge to remove anything that has HVP in it, that was manufactured after September 17th 2009. The FDA says that they expect the list of recalled foods to grow larger over the next few weeks.
Sure sounds like a lot of waste just because a company didn’t follow the rules. So what sort of punishment is waiting in the wings for Basic Food Flavors? Whoever was in charge there should be suddenly unemployed. Stupidity is one thing, but to knowingly continue to distribute a product when they had found Salmonella on their equipment could be considered malicious behavior. This is a story to keep an eye on.
Because Basic Food Flavors continued to distribute their product, several other companies who use the product in their foods are now going to be facing a huge loss and possible lawsuits as well as having to recall all their food as well.
Symptoms of Salmonella include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. While people who are generally healthy revoke from Salmonella poisoning within about a week, Salmonella can cause death in very young children, the elderly and victims who have immune deficiencies.
So if you know someone who got a hold of a tainted can of soup, make sure they know that their soup manufacturer isn’t to blame, all the responsibility for any case of Salmonella that develops from this lays solidly on Basic Food Flavors. Be sure to check out the recall list and don’t take chances, if you suspect any products in your pantry may contain HVP , and were purchased since September, toss them out.