FDA Finds Bacterial Contamination Source

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has identified the source of recent food contamination by salmonella bacteria.

Officials said the Salmonella Tennessee bacterium was found in a Las Vegas company’s equipment that manufactures hydrolyzed vegetable protein, a common ingredient used as a flavor enhancer in many processed foods, including soups, sauces, stews, hot dogs, gravies, seasoned snack foods, dips and dressings.

The manufacturer of the affected product is Basic Food Flavors Inc. and the FDA said only hydrolyzed vegetable protein manufactured by that company is involved in the contamination.

The company said it is recalling all hydrolyzed vegetable protein in powder and paste produced since Sept. 17.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.

The FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies and state health departments say they are monitoring and assessing the potential risks of illness from the affected products.

The FDA says consumers can find additional information and a list of all recalled products at www.foodsafety.gov.

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