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FDA announces huge food recall of products containing Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)


Photo credit: Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph showing Salmonella invading cultured human cells

The FDA has announced a recall of foods containing Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) manufactured by the company Basic Food Flavors, due to possible Salmonella contamination.  HVP is a flavor enhancer commonly used in many grocery products, including processed foods (chips and snacks), frozen foods (quesadillas and taquitos), and fresh foods (potato salad and fresh dips).

A controversy has ignited over whether Basic Food Flavors knowlingly distributed contaminated flavor enhancer.  In its first public comment yesterday, Basic Food Flavors told that it denies shipping product that it knew had been contaminated with Salmonella, however the FDA claims the contrary.

The FDA inspection report states that, "After receiving the first private laboratory analytical results (dated Jan. 21) indicating the presence of Salmonella in your facility, you continued to distribute HVP paste and powder products until 2/15/2010.  Furthermore, from 1/21/2010 to 2/20/2010, you continued to manufacture HVP paste and powder products under the same processing conditions that did not minimize microbial contamination." 

What are the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning?

Salmonella is one of the most common causes of bacterial food-borne illness in the United States.  Salmonella poisoning can cause death in the very young, very old, and people with compromised immune systems, but the more common symptoms are: 

  • fever
  • diarrhea (which may be bloody)
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • abdominal pain

The following products are included in the HVP recall:

Soup and Dip Mixes

  • Castella Chicken Soup Base
  • Concord Foods Vegetable Dip Seasoning -- Homestyle
  • De la Casa Spinach Dip
  • Dean's -- various brands of soup/soup mix and dip/dip mix
  • Delicioso Spinach Dip
  • Follow Your Heart Beef Au Jus
  • Fresh Food Concepts Garden Fresh Spinahc and Spinach Dip with Real Yogurt
  • Great Value Ranch Chip Dip
  • Healthwise Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Homemade Gourmet Tortilla Soup Mix
  • Johnny's French Dip Powdered Au Jus
  • Kroger Onion and Beefy Onion Soup Dip Mix
  • McCormick French Onion and Vegetable Dip Mix
  • Mrs. Gerry's Crab Creole Spread and Old Home/Old Fashioned Spinach Dip
  • Oak Lake Farms Fresh Onion Chip Dip
  • Publix Beef Flavored Stew Mix
  • Reser's Soup and Dip Mixes
  • Rojo's Garden Fresh Spinach Dip
  • T. Marzetti Soup and Dip Mixes

Bouillon products

  • Herbox Chicken, Beef, and vegetable Bouillon

Dressing and Dressing Mix Products 

  •  Follow Your Heart Organic Creamy Ranch Dressing
  • Reser's Ranch House Dressing
  • Trader Joe's Organic Creamy Ranch Dressing & Dip
Flavoring base and seasoning products
  • Garden Harvest Special Blend Seasoning
  • Minor's Bacon Base
  • Publix Meatloaf Seasoning
Gravy mix products
  • McCormick Onion Gravy mix
  • Publix Mushroom & Au Jus gravy mixes
Sauce and marinade mix products
  • Durkee Spaghetti & Marinade Mix
  • French's Thick Spaghetti Sauce Mix
  • Weber Grill Creations Italian Herb Marinade Mix
Snack and snack mix products  
  • CVS Honey Mustard Pretzel Bites
  • Great Nut Supply Honey Mustard Pretzels & Bar Mix
  • HK Anderson Honey Mustard Pretzel Bites
  • Tim's Cascade Hawaiian style snacks
  • Herr's Sea Salt Flavored Kettle Style Potato Chips
  • National Pretzel Company (various)
  • President's Choice Honey Mustard Onion Pretzel Bite snack
  • Pringles Restaurant Cravers Cheeseburger & Family Faves Taco Night
  • Quaker Baked Cheddar Snack Mix
  • Rouses Louisiana's Best Snack Mix
  • Safeway brand Honey Mustard Onion Nugget Pretzels
  • Spec's Wines & Fine Foods
  • Sunflower Markets Honey Mustard Nugget Snack Mix
Frozen foods
  • Casa Solana Shredded Mini Beef Taquitos
  • E-Z Eats! Beef Taquitos
  • El Pasado Shredded Beef Mini and Beef Taquitos & Grilled Chicken Quesadillas
  • Giant Eagle Steak Taquitos
  • Jose Ole Taquitos
  • Posada Corn & Shredded Beef Taquitos
  • Tornados Ranchero Beef & Cheese
Prepared salad products
  • Reser's Redskin Potato Salad
  • Safeway brand Redskin Potato Salad
  • Walmart brand Redskin Potato Salad
Ready-to-eat meal products
  • Follow Your Heart Ready-to-Eat Meals
Stuffing products
  • McCormick Corn Bread Stuffing

If you experience the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, call your doctor immediately.

If your local grocery store has not removed a product involved in this recall off the shelves, do not buy it, and report it to the manager.


  • David OConnell 4 years ago

    I work at a health club and PT office and I find your article to be so informative and helpful. I eat some of this stuff! Great article! Thanks.

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