Salmonella-tainted hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) produced by Basic Food Flavors, Inc., of Las Vegas, has led to a nationwide recall of numerous mainstream, natural and organic products, including:
- Follow Your Heart tofu, burritos, organic salad dressings and dips
- Trader Joe’s organic salad dressing
Manufacturers sometimes add HVP as a flavor enhancer to processed soups, hot dogs, chilis, stews, dips, salad dressings, gravies, frozen dinners and snack foods.
While no illnesses have been reported, “this situation clearly underscores the need for new food safety legislation to equip FDA with the tools we need to prevent contamination,” says Dr. Jeff Farrar, associate commissioner for food protection.
A full list of recalled products is available here. Expect the number to grow as more food companies report use of the affected HVP.