FDA Orders Widespread Food Additive Recall

This post was authored by Rodd Santomauro and posted to The Eye Opener on March 9th, 2010.

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The FDA has ordered a recall of over 90 products, as manufactured by Basic Food Flavors, Inc.  The ingredient in question is hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and the recall covers multiple products.

As of this writing, there have been no reported illnesses to the FDA, based on the contamination.  For a listing of the recalled products, click on this link.    Jeffrey Farrar, associate commissioner for food protection at the FDA, was recently quoted in an article as stating:  ”At this time we believe the risk to consumers is very low.”

The FDA states that this product is used in thousands of food products.  However, the article states the following, as it relates to the risk.  Again, Jeffrey Farrar:

Jeffrey Farrar, associate commissioner for food protection at the FDA, said Thursday that many of the products that contain the product are not dangerous because the risk of salmonella is eliminated after the food has been cooked. Many of the foods involved in the recall are ready-to-eat items that are not cooked by the consumer.

This recall continues to evolve with time.  Please continually check the FDA website for updates as to the status of what products are in the recall.

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