Chicken-soup mixes recalled over salmonella fears

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More products are being removed from shelves at Canadian stores, as the list of food items containing the additive hydrolyzed vegetable protein grows.
Several brands of chicken soup mix have been recalled because they may be contaminated with salmonella, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Friday.
The following foods, which may have been distributed nationally, are affected:
• Inovacure Chicken Flavour Soup Mix in 154- and 175-gram packets;
• Proti Diet Chicken High Protein Soup Mix in 154-gram packets;
• Proti Diet Chicken Noodle High Protein Soup Mix in 175-gram packets;
• ProtiLife Diet Chicken Noodle Soup Mix in 195-gram packets; and
• Chicken Noodle Soup Mix prepared for Dr. Bernstein Health and Diet Clinics in 175-gram packets.
The foods, which are being voluntarily recalled, were manufactured in Canada and distributed by Basic Food Flavors Inc.
The food inspection agency said there have been no reported illnesses in Canada associated with the consumption of these products.
Concerns about a batch of the popular flavour enhancer hydrolyzed vegetable protein, which is added to flavoured snacks and other pre-packaged foods, led to a massive recall earlier this month. U.S. authorities warned it could become one of the largest food recalls in North America.
The opposition has criticized the government over the handling of initial recall, saying it took too long to alert the public about which products were at risk.
On Feb. 25, Basic Food Flavors told its clients in Canada and the U.S. it was recalling all HVP manufactured since last September. Chemroy Canada said it provided the Canadian Food Inspection Agency with its client list within 24 hours of the recall notice. CFIA announced the first product recall March 2.
"As more products are identified, the CFIA will continue to update its list of recalled products," the agency said in its release Friday.

Organizations: Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Chicken Noodle Soup, Basic Food Flavors

Geographic location: Canada, U.S., North America

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