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What is Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, or HVP and What Products Might Contain Salmonella Tennessee?

Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, or HVP, is produced by boiling cereals or legumes, such as soy, corn, or wheat, in hydrochloric acid and then neutralizing the solution with sodium hydroxide. The acid hydrolyzes, or breaks down, the protein in vegetables into their component amino acids. The resulting dark colored liquid contains, among other amino acids, glutamic acid, which consumers are more familiar with in the form of its sodium salt, monosodium glutamate, or MSG. It is used as a flavor enhancer in many processed foods. (Wikipedia)  HVP is a flavor enhancer used in a wide variety of processed food products, such as soups, sauces, chilis, stews, hot dogs, gravies, seasoned snack foods, dips, and dressings. It is often blended with other spices to make seasonings that are used in or on foods.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is actively investigating findings of Salmonella Tennessee in hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) manufactured by Basic Food Flavors, Inc., in Las Vegas, NV. The FDA conducted an investigation at the facility after a customer of Basic Food Flavors reported finding Salmonella Tennessee in one production lot of HVP to the new FDA Reportable Food Registry.

56 Products Recalled to Date:

Dip Products

Follow Your Heart
Great Value
Johnny’s Fine Foods
Oak Lake Farms
T. Marzetti

Dressing and Dressing Mix Products

Follow Your Heart
Trader Joe’s

Pre-Packaged Meal Products

Follow Your Heart

Snack and Snack Mix Products

Hawaiian
Soup Mix Products
Castella
Homemade Gourmet

Download All Recalled Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Containing Products

  • Mark Mayhew

    Hi there,
    I had people for dinner last night and everyone is ok today except my son who has been throwing up this morning.I saw this story on the news and realize we had Mazarzetti Ranch Veggie Dip as a later snack with some chips. My son was the only one who ate the Veggie Dip and the only one who is ill today.
    Where do I go to report this, what action should I take?

  • Carl Ettmer

    You had people for dinner?
    Cannibalism of healthy, cleanly prepared people meat will not give you salmonella. As the only person who ate the dip was your son, and as you mention him being ill today, he was obviously not eaten at dinner, you personally should be safe.
    I do recommend you take a vitamin C and D supplement, though.

  • Jaime Anzures

    Well is it bad or good for humans?

  • Epartnow

    What’s the update on this? That was almost three years ago!