Soup Mix, Base Recalled for Potential Salmonella Contamination

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced two separate food product recalls over concerns of potential <"">Salmonella contamination. Both products were recalled because they were made using hydrolyzed vegetable protein manufactured by Basic Food Flavors, Inc. Las Vegas, Nevada. Basic Food Flavors previously initiated a recall of its hydrolyzed vegetable protein because it tested positive for Salmonella at its original manufacturing plant.

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.

Homemade Gourmet of Canton, Texas
This recall involves approximately 320 packages of 1.96 oz Tortilla Soup Mix. The “Tortilla Soup Mix” is distributed nationwide via mail order delivery and through independent consultant sales. The recalled lots are S1004812411 and S1004912111, which were sold from February 17, 2010 through March 1, 2010. All known purchasers of the 320 packages have been contacted and told to destroy them. A full refund has been offered to every customer and consultant.

“Tortilla Soup Mix” is packaged in clear plastic packages with red and beige labeling and was sold individually in a 1.96 oz (55.6 g) pouch, and as part of two kits including the “Let’s Make Dinner Collection (stock #40.1032) or the “$800 pre-select” order for consultants (stock #37.0320).

To date, no known illnesses have been associated with this product; however, this product should be destroyed immediately. Consumers with questions should contact Homemade Gourmet Customer Service Department at 1-888-477-2848 (Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Central Standard Time) for replacement, substitution, or refund.

Castella Imports of Hauppauge, New York

This recall involves Castella Chicken Soup Base, which distributed nationwide to food service (25-pound product) and sold in retail stores (one-pound product). Castella Chicken Soup Base in the one-pound size, is packaged in an opaque plastic jar with a white cap, a gold seal, a light yellow label, and UPC code 7 50144 33000 5. The recalled lots are: 0912039918, 1001121915, 1002013074, and 1002194266. The expiration dates for the lots affected are 12-3-2010 through 2-28-2011.

Castella Chicken Soup Base in the 25-pound size, is packed in an all white bucket with a yellow label and UPC code 7 501144 3320 9. The recalled lots are: 0911259508, 0911259508A, 0912150738, 0912180973, 0912211087, 1001192342, 1001282925, 1002194267. The expiration dates for the lots affected are 11-25-2010 through 2-28-2011.

To date, no illnesses have been associated with this product.

Consumers that have these recalled products may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Castella Imports at 631-231-5500, Monday thru Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

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