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 food poisoning 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 www.FoodSafety.gov. This website will updated as more product are recalled.
What I can I do? FDA is recommending that consumers should:
- Check www.FoodSafety.gov 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.
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 food poisoning 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.
Lovin Oven LLC Voluntarily Recalls Certain Health Valley® Organic Peanut Crunch
Lovin Oven, LLC of Irwindale, CA announced that it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling certain Health Valley Organic Peanut Crunch, Dutch Apple and Wildberry Chewy Granola Bars because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The bars contain organic toasted soy grits supplied by Thumb Oilseed Producers Cooperative of Ubly, MI. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled bars and no other types of Health Valley brand bars are being recalled. Salmonella is an organism which 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. The recalled Peanut Crunch, Dutch Apple and Wildberry chewy granola bars are distributed nationally.
Visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm201351.htm for the list of batches inclueded in this recall.