Food Products Recalled Due To Vegetable Protein Contamination

March 5th, 2010 - 8:36 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
salMar 5, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Food and Drug Administration revealed on Thursday that a variety of processed food might pose a major threat to the health of individuals who might consume them as it contains a flavor enhancer which is contaminated with salmonella. The FDA further announced that due to the contamination, several processed food products have already been recalled.

The contamination in the flavor enhancer, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) manufactured by Basic Food Flavors Inc. based in Las Vegas came to light a few weeks ago and came under the purview of the FDA with the help of the Reportable Food Registry. Since then it has been confirmed that the flavor enhancer produced by the plant is indeed contaminated with most of the HVP manufactured by the plant since the month of September 2009 likely to be recalled.

Meanwhile, in a press conference that was held on Thursday, FDA associate commissioner for food protection Jeff Farrar stated that at this moment it is not really clear how extensive the recall can get but emphasized that the recall of the contaminated food items is expected to get more widespread in the upcoming days. Although as of now, no case of any individual falling ill due to the contamination has surfaced, manufacturers have already recalled around 56 products. However, it has been indicated that the number is likely to escalate in the days to come and if it actually happens then it could be one of the biggest food recalls in the history of the United States. HVP is a much used flavor enhancer which is often used to augment flavors in processed food items such as chips, soups, stews, salad dressings and so on.

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