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Salmonella in food flavoring- which means a lot of your food

March 9, 2010

Do you use Herb-ox bouillon cubes, Trader Joe’s creamy ranch dressing, eat honey mustard pretzels from National Pretzel, or other dips and chips? Chances are you might find it on the list that the FDA has recalled recently. The FDA reported that salmonella has been found in the Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) paste at  Basic Food Flavors, Inc. in Las Vegas. HVP is a flavor enhancer and it is in a lot of processed foods, including soups, sauces, chilis, stews, hot dogs, gravies, seasoned snack foods, dips and dressings. As of today, the list is up to 101 products and is still growing.

“Our investigators were able to identify this problem before any illnesses occurred,” said FDA commissioner Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg. “While the investigation is continuing, the agency is supporting reasonable steps to continue to protect the public health.”  At this time, there are no known illnesses associated with this contamination.

**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 blood), 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.