Several days ago, Basic Food Flavors, Inc., a Nevada company, recalled hydrolyzed vegetable protein ("HVP"–a protein breakdown product of vegetable amino acids), due to potential salmonella contamination.  The recalled products were widely distributed and included in many further processed foods.  Ever since, many companies that used Basic Food’s HVP as an ingredient in their own products, have announced recalls of a variety of food products.

The recalls include, to date:

1.  Johnny’s Fine Foods, a Tacoma, Washington food company, who is recalling powdered au jus

2.  Kroger, Inc., the Cincinnati-based grocery giant, has recalled two onion dip and soup mixes

3.  T Marzetti Company, a dip-maker, has recalled a variety of dips.

4.  Tim’s Cascade Snacks of Algona, Washington recalled its ‘HAWAIIAN® Kettle Style Potato Chips – SWEET MAUI ONION’ AND ‘HAWAIIAN – SWEET MAUI ONION RINGS’

5.  Homemade Gourmet of Canton, Texas is voluntarily recalling approximately 320 packages of 1.96 oz Tortilla Soup Mix; 

6.  Earth Island , a Chatsworth, CA company, is conducting a voluntary recall on its distribution of the following Follow Your Heart brand products

7. Castella Imports of Hauppauge, NY, is voluntarily recalling Castella Chicken Soup Base

No illnesses have been reported due to consumption of the potentially contaminated products, though we have heard from quite a few people that have consumed recalled products and later fell ill.

Hopefully the recalls work and nobody else gets sick.