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Salmonella found in commonly used food ingredient

Salmonella found in commonly used food ingredient

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Posted on March 4, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 4 at 11:32 PM

You may want to check your pantry, refrigerator and freezer. Many of the products that use a common flavor enhancer may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating findings of Salmonella Tennessee in hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) manufactured by Basic Food Flavors, Inc., in Las Vegas, NV.

The FDA does not know of any illnesses at this time, but you should look to make sure you don’t have any of the name brands that may contain HVP.

Among the products that may be contaminated T. Marzetti dips and dressings, Hawaiian chips, Follow your Heart products and more.

You can find a list of all the products here.

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.

“This situation clearly underscores the need for new food safety legislation to equip FDA with the tools we need to prevent contamination," said Dr. Jeff Farrar, associate commissioner for food protection, FDA’s Office of Foods.

To keep up on all recalled food products go here.