Huge Food Recall Unfolding

Recall includes chips, dips, tofu and more.

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Product Recalls

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is actively investigating findings of Salmonella Tennessee in hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) manufactured by Basic Food Flavors, Inc., in Las Vegas, NV. HVP is a flavor enhancer used in a wide variety of processed food products, such as soups, sauces, chilis, stews, hot dogs, gravies, seasoned snack foods, dips, and dressings. It is often blended with other spices to make seasonings that are used in or on foods.

The HVP Recall

The FDA is taking steps to protect the public following the early identification of Salmonella in one company’s supply of a common processed food ingredient.

At this time, no illnesses are known to be associated with this problem of contamination.

To prevent illnesses from occurring, FDA is advising industry about which products to recall and providing consumers with recommendations.

What is HVP?

HVP stands for hydrolyzed vegetable protein, a substance used in small amounts to add flavor to many commercially processed foods, such as soups, hot dogs, chilis, stews, dips, salad dressings, gravies, frozen dinners, and snack foods.

What products are affected?

FDA has posted a searchable website of products affected by the recall online at http://www.FoodSafety.gov1. This website will updated as more product are recalled.

What I can I do?

FDA is recommending that consumers should:

Check http://www.FoodSafety.gov2 for a list of recalled products;
Remember to follow cooking instructions for all foods;
Report symptoms of Salmonella or other food-related illness to your local health care professional.

Can I tell whether a product contains HVP from the ingredient list?

Consumers should not rely on the ingredient list to identify products that contain HVP. Consumers with questions about a particular product should contact the manufacturer or visit http://www.FoodSafety.gov3.

How did FDA identify this problem?

FDA learned of this problem before any disease outbreak occurred. The agency received a report of contamination, inspected the facility and worked to put in place measures to instruct industry and protect consumers. FDA is continuing to assess the situation and may make additional recommendations as more information becomes available.

What is Salmonella?

Salmonella is the name of a group of bacteria and is one of the most common causes of bacterial foodborne illness in the United States. It most commonly fever, diarrhea (which may be blood), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Consumers who experience any of the symptoms of Salmonella should contact their health care professional.

For the basics on Salmonella (such as sources, symptoms, duration of illness), see the Salmonella page on FoodSafety.gov at: http://www.foodsafety.gov/poisoning/causes/bacteriaviruses/salmonella.html4.

Included so far in the recall are:

Herr Foods Inc. Recalls ‘Herr’s Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt Flavored’ Kettle Style Potato Chips

GNS Foods Voluntarily Recalls Snack Mixes Containing Honey Mustard/Onion Pretzels from National Pretzel Co

This voluntary recall involves the following items:

12oz Bags of Honey Mustard Pretzels under the Great Nut Supply brand with a UPC code 726093 77132 and a Lot/Code of 61150/0280.

10oz Plastic Jars of Honey Mustard Pretzels under the brand Spec’s Wines & Fine Foods with a UPC code 000008 98072 and a Lot/Code of 61181/0330 or 210462/0320.

1 lb Bags of Bar Mix under the Great Nut Supply brand with a UPC code 726093 77111 and a Lot/Code of 61147/0260.

26oz Plastic Jars of Bar Mix under the brand Spec’s Wines & Fine Foods with a UPC code 000008 03247 and a Lot/Code of 61190/0330 or 210462/0320.

12oz Plastic Tubs of Bar Mix under the brand Rouses Louisiana’s Best with a UPC code 015418 00319 and a Lot/Code of 60998/0120.

10oz Plastic Jars of Honey Cheddar Mix under the brand Spec’s Wines & Fine Foods with a UPC code 000008 98049 and a Lot/Code of 61183/0330 or 210462/0320.

Consumers or customers who have questions about the above recall may contact GNS Foods toll-free at 800-882-6887 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm CST Monday through Friday. Additional information is available at http://www.gnsfoods.com

National Pretzel Co. Announces Precautionary Recall of Honey Mustard Onion Seasoned Pretzels

Name of Product
HK Anderson Honey Mustard Pretzel Bites 3.5 oz
0-70271-00131-0
JUN 11 10 G6
JUN 11 10 I3
JUN 11 10 I5
JUL 01 10 G6
JUL 22 10 I3

Name of Product
HK Anderson Honey Mustard Pretzel Bites 9 oz
0-70271-00130-0
MAY 14 10 G5
MAY 14 2010 I4
MAY 14 10 I4
JUN 11 10 G4
JUL 01 10 I5
35139CP
Name of Product

HK Anderson Honey Mustard Pretzel Bites 18 oz
0-70271-00128-0
MAY 14 2010 H4
MAY 14 2010 I4
JUN 11 2010 G6
JUN 11 2010 H5
JUL 01 2010 G6
JUL 22 2010 G4
JUL 22 2010 I3
Name of Product
CVS Honey Mustard Pretzel Bites 18 oz
0-50428-12015-6
SEP 15 2010 G5
SEP 15 2010 G6
SEP 15 2010 G7
SEP 15 2010 H4
SEP 15 2010 H5
SEP15 2010 H6
SEP 15 2010 H7
SEP 15 2010 I4
SEP 15 2010 I5
SEP 15 2010 I6
Name of Product
President’s Choice Honey Mustard Onion Pretzel Bite- 300 gr.
0-60383-99222-4
2010 MA 14 I2
2010 MA 28 G3
2010 MA 28 I2
2010 JL 15 H7
Name of Product
Safeway Honey Mustard Onion Nugget 10 oz
0-21130-29039-0
MAY 11 10 I5
JUN 25 10 I3
JUL 01 10 I5
Name of Product
Sunflower Markets Honey Mustard Nugget
8-59393-00041-4
MAY 14 10 H4
Name of Product
BULK –Honey Mustard Onion Pretzel Pieces
n/a
MAR 21 10 I3
APR 11 10 H3
APR 11 10 H5
MAY 01 10 G6
MAY 22 10 G4
Name of Product
BULK- Honey Mustard Onion Pretzel Bites
n/a
05 FEB 2010 I
APR 11 10 I5
APR 25 10 I3
MAY 0110 I5
012710I
0127I3
Name of Product
BULK- Whole Grain Honey Mustard Nuggets
n/a
APR 11 10 G6
APR 11 10 H6

Consumers who have purchased any of the products listed above, with the corresponding date codes are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact the company at 1-717-637-5931.

Fresh Food Concepts Announces a Voluntary Recall of Spinach Dips Due

March 5, 2010 – Buena Park, CA – As a precautionary measure, Fresh Food Concepts, Inc. announced, it is voluntarily recalling certain production codes of Delicioso, De la Casa, Rojo’s and Fresh Food Concepts brand Spinach Dips and Fresh Food Concepts Spinach Dip with Yogurt because an ingredient used in those products has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is a common food borne pathogen that can cause severe illnesses, including fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. While most individuals recover in three to five days without medical intervention, the infection can be life-threatening to young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Consumers with any of these symptoms should call their physician. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website at http://www.cdc.gov.1

Products subject to this recall that were distributed nationwide in plastic tubs and sold in the refrigerated section include:

* Delicioso Spinach Dip, 12 oz (UPC 29358 10031) with USE BY dates 04/30/10 and before.
* De la Casa Spinach Dip, 32 oz (UPC 29358 11273) with USE BY dates 04/30/10 and before.
* Rojo’s Garden Fresh Spinach Dip, 14 oz (UPC 47502 48003) with USE BY dates 04/30/10 and before.
* Fresh Food Concepts Garden Fresh Spinach Dip, 16 oz (UPC 29358 11364) with USE BY dates 04/30/10 and before.
* Fresh Food Concepts Spinach Dip with Real Yogurt, 12 oz (UPC 47502 48151) with USE BY dates 04/30/10 and before.

There have been no reports of illnesses associated with the identified products, and no other varieties or types of flavors of products made by Fresh Food Concepts are affected by this recall.

The Spinach Dip products were made using Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP), manufactured by Basic Food Flavors Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada. The HVP had tested positive for Salmonella at its original manufacturing plant Basic Food Flavors Inc. Because the safety of our consumers is our top priority and out of an abundance of caution, Fresh Food Concepts has voluntarily recalled these products.

Fresh Food Concepts is working closely with the FDA to conduct this recall.

Consumers who have purchased the above affected products are urged return them to their place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with question may contact the company at (714) 562-5000 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST. Monday through Friday.

McCormick & Company Initiates Recall Due to Possible Health Risk from HVP Ingredient

McCormick Corporate Communications: John McCormick 410-771-7110

March 5, 2010 – Sparks, MD – McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE:MKC) is initiating a recall of products manufactured with HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein) supplied by Basic Food Flavors of Las Vegas, Nevada, because the ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

“Consumption of products containing Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms) endocarditis and arthritis.”

To date, no illnesses have been associated with these McCormick products. For updated information, go to the CDC and FDA websites.

Recalled products were distributed nationwide and sold in retail stores. Two of the recalled products were also distributed for sale in international markets. The following products are being recalled.

McCormick French Onion Dip Mix sold in 0.53-ounce packages, shipped nationwide and outside the U.S.
McCormick French Onion Dip Mix
Under UPC code 52100168609
“BEST BUY” Dates
OCT 06 11 | OCT 07 11 | NOV 03 11 | NOV 06 11 | DEC 04 11 | JAN 04 12 | JAN 23 12

McCormick Vegetable Dip Mix sold in 1.25-ounce packages, shipped nationwide.
McCormick Vegetable Dip Mix
Under UPC code 52100063850
“BEST BUY” Dates
JUN 08 11 | JUL 09 11 | JUL 28 11

McCormick Onion Gravy Mix sold in 0.87-ounce packages, shipped nationwide and outside the U.S.
McCormick Onion Gravy Dip Mix
Under UPC code 52100098807
“BEST BUY” Dates
OCT 08 11 | OCT 11 11 | OCT 17 11 | OCT 18 11
NOV 01 11 | NOV 03 11 | NOV 15 11 | NOV 17 11
DEC 01 11 | DEC 02 11 | DEC 28 11 | DEC 29 11
JAN 22 12 | JAN 23 12 | JAN 26 12 | JAN 30 12
FEB 12 12 | FEB 13 12 | |

McCormick Corn Bread Stuffing sold in 42-ounce (2 lb. 10 oz.) containers, shipped to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania.
McCormick Corn Bread Stuffing
Under UPC code 5210057199
Product Codes
4519BH | 4520BH | 5019BH

Contact the McCormick Consumer Hotline at 1-800-632-5847 or consumer_affairs@mccormick.com for a replacement or reimbursement. Live assistance is available on the Hotline from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST on Saturday and Sunday.

Creative Contract Packaging Corporation Recalls HERB-OX® Bouillon Products

March 4, 2010 – Aurora, IL – This action is being taken after Basic Food Flavors, Inc. (“Basic”) issued a recall for all Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (“HVP”) dry powder manufactured by Basic Food Flavors on or after September 17, 2009, due to a positive test result for Salmonella in a production lot. Our records indicate that some of the HVP being recalled by Basic Food Flavors was used as an ingredient in HERB-OX® items.

As a result, Creative Contract Packaging Corporation of Aurora, Illinois, is recalling specific code dates of HERB-OX® beef, vegetable, and chicken granular bouillon products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. 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 individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications can include severe arthritis.

The UPC number and code date can be found on the package. If you need help finding this information, please call our Consumer Response department at 1-877-446-7635. Our Consumer Response representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Consumers who have purchased these products should not consume them. Instead, we are asking that consumers return these products to their grocer for a full refund.

The following specific code dates of the items listed below are being recalled:

HERB-OX® Bouillon Packets
Product Description: Herbox® Beef Bouillon Net Wt 1.13oz (32g) 8 packets
Code Date: Mar 2012
V02220
Consumer UPC#: 0 336303 9
Retailer/FS Case Code #: 0 33600 37384 7

Product Description: Herbox® Chicken Bouillon Net Wt 1.13oz (32g) 8 packets
Code Date: Mar 2012
V01280
Consumer UPC#: 0 336313 6
Retailer/FS Case Code #: 0 33600 43085 4

Product Description: Herbox® Chicken Bouillon Net Wt 7.05oz (200g) 50 packets
Code Date: V01290
V02040
V02080
Individual Carton Code #: 0 33600 34793 0
Retailer/FS Case Code #: 0 33600 30695 1

Product Description: Herbox® Vegetable Bouillon Net Wt 7.05oz (200g) 50 packets
Code Date: V02020
Individual Carton Code #: 0 33600 35562 1
Retailer/FS Case Code #: 0 33600 31451 2

Product Description: Herbox® Beef Bouillon Net Wt 7.05oz (200g) 50 packets
Code Date: V01190
Individual Carton Code #: 0 33600 35188 3
Retailer/FS Case Code #: 0 33600 31075 0

HERB-OX® Jarred Bouillon
Product Description: Herbox® Beef Bouillon Net Wt 4.0oz (113g)
Code Date: Feb 2013
V01210
Consumer UPC#: 0 336203 0
Retailer/FS Case Code #: 0 33600 42040 4

Product Description: Herbox® Chicken Bouillon Net Wt 4.0oz (113g)
Code Date: Feb 2013
V01200

Feb 2013
V01250

Mar 2013
V02030
Consumer UPC#: 0 336213 7
Retailer/FS Case Code #: 0 33600 42041 1

A new Pringles recall affects two Pringles flavors: Restaurant Cravers Cheeseburger and Family Faves Taco Night.

The FDA believes these products may have been contaminated by salmonella. If the products contain a “Best by” 2011 stamp, they may be at risk.

The Pringles recall is related to other recent recalls involving salmonella, which involve Basic Food Flavors, Inc. An onion soup recall took place last week.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discard the product and call Procter & Gamble at 1-877-876-7881 for a replacement coupon or refund.

The FDA has identified 94 products in all that use HVP seasoning from Basic Food Flavors and more recalls could be on the way.

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