Monday, April 26

The Saga of Salmonella in Pringles

In what may be the largest food recall ever, the FDA is asking for a recall of products including Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, or "HVP"

As the FDA reports, the HVP in question was manufactured by Basic Food Flavors, Inc., in Las Vegas, NV.

"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 extensive "sprinkling"of this flavor enhancer in the food system points to the difficulties of food safety today. Stephen Colbert points out the strange way this affects particular foods, like Pringles...

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