Thursday, March 11, 2010

Recalls From Salmonella May Rise to 10,000 Products

Yes, you read the right - 10,000 products. Some folks forget that the F in FDA stands for Food and Drug Admin. Some say that better represents the letter grade the agency should gets for doing its job.

They include: McCormick, the seller of spices and herbs, expanded a March 5 recall today to include additional “best by” dates of the four products, which include a French onion dip mix.

PepsiCo said yesterday in a statement that it voluntarily recalled its Quaker Baked Cheddar Snack Mix. HVP is a “very minor” ingredient in the seasoning of the snack, which was recalled “out of an abundance of caution,” the Purchase, New York-based company said.

On March 8, a North American unit of Nestle said it was recalling about 6,000 pounds (2,722 kilograms) of a ready-to-eat bacon base product. The same day, Cincinnati-based P&G recalled the two flavors of Pringles.

Wal-Mart’s Great Value Ranch Chip Dip, manufactured for the world’s largest retailer by the T. Marzetti Co. of Columbus, Ohio, has been pulled from the shelves, according to Wal-Mart spokeswoman Anna Taylor.

Kroger, Safeway

Store brand products at drugstore chain CVS Caremark Corporation, and grocery-store chains Kroger Co. and Safeway Inc. have also been recalled, according to the FDA’s site.

No Illnesses

To date, there are no known illnesses associated with the contaminated HVP, which is sometimes referred to as a “natural flavor” on ingredient labels. The FDA has said the overall risk to consumers is low because most products containing HVP are cooked during processing or are cooked by consumers, which would eliminate any salmonella. In uncooked, ready-to-eat products, like chips and dips, the risk is greater.