A flavor additive- hydrolyzed vegetable protein, HVP- found in 94 products was recalled in the United States.
A Nevada company, Basic Food Flavors Inc, manufactured the bad additive, The Food and Drug Administration reported. It can unfold into one of the bigger recalls.
The additive is stirred in with spices to flavor hundreds of products like: frozen foods, soups, chips, dips, sauces, salad dressings, processed foods, and hot dogs. It’s not always listed, because it’s part of a blend. The risk to health is higher for “eat-now” foods such as potato chips, dips, salad dressings. It’s less dangerous to eat cooked processed food containing the additive.
There are no cases of illnesses in the United States from recalled products, authorities stated.
Companies usually have a system in place for such matters. Recalls will continue for awhile, because the tracking system is slow for this particular additive.
Due to the nature of the offending additive, time is needed for the systems of companies, suppliers, clients, to come together for a chat, action.
Manufacturers buy the additive from various sources without a follow-up system being in place, but steps are being taken to remedy the situation.