Basic Salmonella and HVP Information from the FDA
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the FDA posted an information page on the newest food contamination scare, the HVP Recall. A bit of the basic information is posted here for consumers. The FDA has also posted the page HVP for industry to inform industry what to do.
At this time, no illnesses are known to be associated with this problem of contamination. Below, a few of the FDA’s frequently asked questions.
- 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 be updated as more product are recalled.
- What I can I do? FDA is recommending that consumers should: Check www.FoodSafety.gov 2 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.
- Can I tell whether a product contains HVP from the ingredient list? Consumers should not rely on the ingredient list to identify products that contain HVP. Consumers with questions about a particular product should contact the manufacturer or visit www.FoodSafety.gov.