As Ken noted last week, there has been a widespread recall of products containing hydrolized vegetable protein (HVP), a flavor enhancer, after salmonella Tennessee was discovered in product manufactured by Basic Food Flavors of North Las Vegas, Nevada.  Consumers, who may have been unaware of the existence of HVP, are starting to learn how pervasive an ingredient it is in packaged and processed foods.  The FDA has a handy list of products so far affected by the recall.  There’s a widget, too.   

So far, no one has been reported to have been made sick or died as a result of this outbreak. 

The FDA warns consumers "Remember to follow cooking instructions on all foods", except that many of the foods that contain HVP are not ones consumers cook.  Included are salad dressings, ready to eat meal products, sauce and marinade mixes and snacks.  I don’t think there’s a way for a consumer to cook a pretzel. 

This outbreak is a good excuse to reiterate some of our advice from prior outbreaks, like the 2008 tomato outbreak and the 2009 peanut and pistachio outbreaks. 

As Professor Moody would say, "Constant vigilance."