HVP Salmonella recall adding more companies, products

At least eight more companies, including McCormick's, have recalled their products since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration acknowledged on Friday that an obscure ingredient, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, could be tainted with Salmonella -- creating a chain-reaction of recalls of foods using the flavor-enhancer.

HVP is similar to Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and can lead to similar issues for those sensitive to MSG, including headaches. Salmonella was discovered in the Las Vegas plant of Basic Food Flavors, a major HVP supplier.

Among the products added to the recall list are:

No illnesses have been connected to the contamination found at the plant after one of Basic Food's customers discovered the problem.

A database of products known to have used this ingredient is now available on the FDA site. The list has nearly 100 products and is growing.

Food safety experts said it can take a considerable amount of time for all the users of the product to identify which foods it was used in. After that happens, a recall can be issued. The FDA does not issue recalls.

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