Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) is a flavor enhancer contained in a large amount of processed foods. The FDA has been investigating the finding of salmonella in HVP manufactured in Las Vegas, by Basic Food Flavors, Inc. The contaminated HVP affects hundreds of food products, but no reports of illness have been reported to the FDA.
The investigation has resulted in preventative and voluntary recalls of bouillon products; dressings and dressing mixes; flavoring and seasoning products; frozen foods; gravy mix products; prepared salads; ready-to-eat products; sauces and marinade mixes; snack and snack mix products; soup and soup mixes; dip and dip mixes; spreads; and stuffing products. and Dip/Dip Mix Products.
The brands affected by the recall include Herbox; Follow Your Heart; Reser’s; Trader Joe’s; Garden Harvest; Minor’s; Publix; Casa Solana; E-Z Eats!; El Pasado; Giant Eagle; Jose Ole; Posada; Tornados; McCormick; Durkee; French’s; Weber; Austinuts; Barcel; CVS; Great Nut Supply; HK Anderson; Hawaiian; Herr’s; National Pretzel Company; President’s Choice; Pringles; Quaker; Rouses Louisiana’s Best; Safeway; Spec’s Wines & Fine Foods; Sunflower Markets; Castella; Concord Foods; Culinary Circle; De la Casa; Dean’s; Delicioso; Fresh Food Concepts; Great Value; Healthwise; Homemade Gourmet; Johnny’s Fine Foods; Kroger; Mrs. Gerry’s; Oak Lake Farms; Produce Valley; Rojo’s; T. Marzetti; and Spreadables.
Steve is the Managing Shareholder of Steven J. Klearman & Associates, a civil litigation law firm located in Reno, Nevada. He practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and injury law, and has authored one of the definitive guides to Nevada civil law that is widely used by Nevada judges and attorneys, his book entitled Elements of Nevada Legal Theories.