March 5, 2010

Vegetable Protein Recall

A vegetable protein used in various foods is causing recalls of numerous products to avoid an outbreak of salmonella.

The additive is known as hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and it is used in thousands of foods, but it has not yet been linked to any illness or sickness, and FDA experts say there is no immediate health risk.

But products are being recalled as a precaution, ll of which got the additive form a company named Basic Food Flavors Inc. of Las Vegas.

The FDA medical and disease experts were able to identify the DNBA fingerprint that makes this particular strain of salmonella unique, and thus were able to establish that nobody has contracted an illness from these products, because that same fingerprint would have been visible.

Vegetable Protein Recall

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced a potentially massive recall of salad dressing, chip dip, soup mixes and other foods made with a commonly used food additive that may be contaminated with salmonella. Among the products being taken off store shelves is a potato salad from an Oregon supplier, according to the Oregonian newspaper, that makes products distributed under the Safeway and Wal-Mart brands. Safeway Inc. said Thursday that it was removing its Red Potato Salad with Dill products from its Vons and Pavilions stores, as well as its self-named markets.

Vegetable Protein Recall

Posted at March 5, 2010 3:51 AM