Salmonella Prompts Recall of Ready-To-Eat Bacon Base Products

Nestlé Professional North America, of Cleveland, Ohio is recalling approximately 6,000 pounds of a ready-to-eat (RTE) bacon base product that may be contaminated with <"">Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) just announced. The packages of Nestlé bacon base contain, as an ingredient, the specific Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP), which was previously recalled.

We recently wrote that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is actively investigating findings of Salmonella Tennessee in HVP, which was manufactured by Basic Food Flavors, Inc., in Las Vegas, Nevada. HVP is a flavor enhancer used in a wide variety of processed food products and is also often blended with other spices to make seasonings used in or on foods. According to FDA’s March 4, 2010 release, the agency conducted an investigation after a customer of an FDA-regulated firm reported finding Salmonella in the HVP ingredient. This resulted in the subsequent recall of the contaminated products.

Although the HVP has already been recalled, as announced by FDA, the bacon base product packages bear the USDA mark of inspection on the outside of the case. A recall of this product was warranted due to the determination that the HVP ingredient was added after Salmonella prevention steps were applied.

The product subject to recall includes one-pound plastic cups of “MINOR’S BACON BASE.” Each package contains code numbers “92815489,” “93095489,” or “93385489” as well as the case code “00 074826 08606 7-00 G 11003264.” Each case contains six cups and bears establishment number “1045” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The RTE product was produced on October 8, 2009, November 5, 2009, and December 4, 2009. The RTE Minor’s Bacon Base product was distributed nationwide to distributors and restaurants. To date, the FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products; however, individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician. The firm’s Customer Service group can be reached, toll-free, at 1-800-243-8822.

Salmonella, which is usually found in food and water contaminated with animal feces, is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstance, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis. Salmonella poisoning can lead to Reiter’s Syndrome, a difficult-to-treat reactive arthritis characterized by severe joint pain, irritation of the eyes, and painful urination.

Over 50 product recalls have been announced and more are expected.

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