Two Types of Pringles Added to Salmonella Recalls

In response to a recent recommendation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Procter & Gamble just announced that it is voluntarily recalling Pringles Restaurant Cravers Cheeseburger potato crisps and Pringles Family Faves Taco Night potato crisps.

These recalls are part of an industry ingredient recall to protect consumers from potential <"">Salmonella exposure. There have been no reports of Salmonella-related illness in relation to these products; however, 50 product recalls have been announced and more are expected.

We recently wrote that the FDA announced it is actively investigating findings of Salmonella Tennessee in hydrolyzed vegetable protein (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.

P&G was notified by one of its suppliers that a seasoning used in the two recalled products contains HVP manufactured by Basic Food Flavors, Inc., which has voluntarily recalled several lots of this ingredient because of potential Salmonella exposure.

Only products with the following “best by” dates are being recalled. The “best by” date for each product can be found on the bottom of the can.

Pringles Restaurant Cravers Cheeseburger, Super Stack Canister, 181 grams, UPC Code 37000 26936, and “Best by” Date 02/2011

Pringles Family Faves Taco Night, Super Stack Canister, 
181 grams, UPC Code 37000 26773, and “Best by” date: 03/2011

No other Pringles varieties or flavors are affected by this recall. These two products represent only one half of one percent of Pringles’ U.S. volume. None of the affected products have been shipped to retailers outside of the United States.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discard the product and call P&G for a replacement coupon or refund, toll-free, at 1-877-876-7881, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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.

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