Alert: More Packaged Foods Recalled

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A common flavoring ingredient in thousands of packaged foods has been recalled, prompting stores to pull several favorite snacks and other food items of their shelves on concerns of contamination. More foods are being added to the recall every day.

As MainStreet previously reported, hydrolyzed vegetable protein made by Basic Food Flavors was found to contain salmonella bacteria, prompting a massive recall of processed, packaged foods including snacks, dips, sauces, soups and gravy that contain the ingredient.

Salmonella causes digestive problems in the healthy but can be fatal in young children, the elderly and the frail.

Here are some of the foods more recently pulled off grocery store shelves:

•    Bags of kettle chips flavored with cracked pepper and sea salt made Herr Foods are being recalled. The recall includes 1.875-ounce packages and 8.5-ounce packages, but only those with certain date codes listed on the FDA’s Web site.

•    Eight-ounce and 1.75-ounce packages of Quaker Snack Mix Baked Cheddar with a sell-by date of June 15, 2010 only are being recalled.  This is the only Quaker brand product that’s being recalled as a part of the Basic Food Flavors salmonella contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

•    Cheeseburger and taco-flavored Pringles chips are being recalled by Procter & Gamble (Stock Quote: PG).  Pringles Restaurant Cravers Cheeseburger potato crisps and Pringles Family Faves Taco Night potato crisps with certain best-by dates listed on fda.gov are affected by the recall.  Best-by dates can be found on the bottom of each can.

•    Popular snack mixes including pretzels with honey mustard and onion flavoring made by GNS Foods are being pulled from store shelves.  However, the recalled mixes were only sold at retail stores in six states: Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia, according to the FDA.  The mixes were sold under various brand names and in different sized packaging with certain UPC numbers listed on fda.gov.

•    A batch of Healthwise Cream of Mushroom Soup is also being recalled, according to the FDA.  The soup, which comes in foil-lined pouches, was sold at doctor’s offices and online, the FDA says. Only those with the lot number 22267 are being recalled.

•    Additionally, certain containers of black pepper from Dutch Valley Food Distributors are being recalled.  The recall only affects boxes and pails that come in five-pound, 20-pound, 25-pound and 50-pound sizes with certain item and lot numbers that can be found on fda.gov.

•    Garden Harvest Special Blend Seasoning from Olde Westport Spice may have also been contaminated with salmonella in Basic Food Flavors hydrolyzed vegetable protein.  The Special Blend Seasoning recall only affects products purchased online at oldwestportspice.com, at food and craft shows in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas and Colorado and at a few specialty gift shops in Kansas and Missouri, between November 1, 2009 and February 28, 2010, the FDA says.

Click here to see more products included in this recall.

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