The recent recall of over 10,000 products containing (hydrolyzed vegetable protein) manufactured by Basic Food Flavors underscores why choosing fresh, real foods free of artificial colors, flavorings or preservatives should be emphasized in the American diet. The additive is a flavor enhancer primarily found in packaged foods such as certain snack chips, dry mixes for gravies, marinades, and dips. HVP is also found in some frozen and fresh packaged foods such as potato salad. Shopping at natural food stores such as the Greenville location of Whole Foods and Earth Fare can eliminate some of the guesswork when it comes to decoding ingredients and avoiding artificial food additives, preservatives and colorings. Most people cannot go wrong by sticking with naturally delicious fresh fruits and vegetables that require no "enhancing."
According to the FDA, the enormous recall is due to salmonella contamination. Recent information indicates the manufacturer may have known about the contamination early on. The symptoms of salmonella include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever and diarrhea that may or may not contain blood. The first signs of infection typically appear between 12 and 72 hours after exposure. Salmonella can become a serious life- threatening illness. Knowing the symptoms and treatment options of salmonella will increase chances of a quick recovery.
There are two sources of Salmonella: 1) raw foods from animals such beef, chicken, pork and milk and dairy products, eggs and seafood. Although not as common, certain fruits and vegetables can become infected by the bacteria. The second source of salmonella bacteria occurs in the feces of household pets, reptiles and in baby chicks and ducks during the spring. The CDC warns that kids under age 5 years should never handle baby chicks or ducks.
All products listed in the FDA’s recall list should be avoided.