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Tuesday, March 9, 2010



Canada has escalated its recall of processed food containing hydrolyzed vegetable protein that may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria.

More than two dozen items are on the latest Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) warning list of food that could be contaminated. The move follows a recall by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which currently lists 101 products.

All contain hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) produced by Basic Food Flavors Inc. in Las Vegas. The recalls started in the U.S. last week after FDA inspectors found salmonella bacteria contaminating Basic Food’s equipment.


HVP is a flavour-enhancing, soy-based additive used in processed foods. Some of the HVP affected by the recall has spent “several months” in the food production chain, Gravelle said.

The FDA said last week the recall had the potential to be “very large.”

The Canadian list, which began on Sunday with two types of pretzels, now includes the whole range of Hawaiian Kettle Style Potato Chips in sweet Maui onion flavour, soup mixes, vegetable dips and tomato and basil Quaker mini rice cakes.

The U.S. recall covers boullion, mixes for dips, dressing, gravy, salads, soup and stuffings and snacks.

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