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Salmonella Scare Leads to RTE Bacon Product Recall

10 March 2010

US - Nestlé Professional North America from Cleveland, Ohio, is recalling about 6,000 pounds of a ready-to-eat (RTE) bacon base product that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The packages of bacon base contain as an ingredient the specific Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP), which was previously recalled, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

Due to potential Salmonella contamination, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of the HVP product on 4 March.

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.

FSIS said a recall of this product was warranted due to the determination that the HVP ingredient was added after Salmonella prevention steps were applied.

The RTE product was distributed nationwide to distributors and restaurants. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

According to FDA’s 4 March, FDA 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.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

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