Lance Recalls Barbecue Potato Chips for Salmonella Risk

Lance, Inc., with headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, is recalling 28,087 cases of Tom’s Barbecue Potato Chips, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. Tom’s Barbeque Potato Chips have the potential to be contaminated with the dangerous, and sometimes deadly, <"">Salmonella pathogen.

The recalled Tom’s Barbecue Potato Chips are packaged in one-ounce (UPC 021900060406), 2.25-ounce (UPC 021900011477), and 8.5-ounce (UPC 021900062417) sizes. To date, there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Infection with Salmonella can also result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms) and endocarditis. Long-term complications can include severe arthritis.

The recalled product was distributed in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Iowa, Indiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, and New Hampshire.

The recalled Tom’s Barbecue Potato Chips are sold in retail stores; were distributed by direct store delivery by Lance route trucks and by Lance distributors; and come in 1 oz, 2.25 oz and 8.5 oz flexible packages. Code dates on the recalled product carry the following expiration dates: May 14 2010, May 21 2010, May 28 2010, Jun 4 2010, Jun 11, 2010, Jun 18 2010, Jun 25 2010, Jul 2 2010, Jul 9 2010, and Jul 16 2010.

Lance was notified by the supplier of the Barbecue Seasoning blend that it received information from Basic Food Flavors, Inc. that a lot number of Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) used to manufacture the Barbecue Seasoning could be tainted with Salmonella. Lance has ceased the production and distributing of the product.

Consumers who purchased Tom’s Barbecue Potato Chips carrying the impacted expiration dates are urged to return the product to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company between the hours of 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Monday through Friday at 1-704-554-5548.

We have been following the growing number of recalls linked to Salmonella contamination at Basic Food Flavors Inc. in Nevada. As of our last report, recalls exceeded 100 products; however, Bloomberg News, citing a Consumers Union scientist, said the number could top 10,000 products.

The FDA also announced it is actively investigating findings of Salmonella Tennessee in HVP manufactured by Basic Food Flavors. HVP is a flavor enhancer used in a wide variety of processed food products and that is also often blended with other spices to make seasonings used in or on foods. A complete list of affected products can be found at

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