Pringles varieties add to growing recall list

Restaurant Cravers Cheeseburger and Family Faves Taco Night potato crisps both have an ingredient linked to possible salmonella contamination.

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Procter & Gamble has joined a nationwide recall of certain foods using hydrolyzed vegetable protein, which has been linked to a possibility of being contaminated with salmonella, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In response to a recommendation from the FDA, the giant corporation announced today it is voluntarily recalling Pringles Restaurant Cravers Cheeseburger potato crisps and Pringles Family Faves Taco Night potato crisps as 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.

Procter & Gamble was notified by one of its suppliers that a seasoning used in the two flavors of chips contains hydrolyzed vegetable protein manufactured by Basic Food Flavors, Inc., who has voluntarily recalled several lots of this ingredient because of potential salmonella exposure.

Only products with the certain "best by" dates are being recalled; a list of those can be found at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm203957.htm.

No other Pringles varieties or flavors are affected and these two products represent only one half of one percent of Pringles' domestic sales, the company said.

Salmonella is a common food-borne pathogen that can cause severe illnesses, including fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. While most individuals recover without medical intervention, the infection can be life-threatening in some cases such as young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discard the product and call for a replacement coupon or refund at 1-877-876-7881.

Sheila Hagar can be reached at sheilahagar@wwub.com or 526-8322. Check out her blog at blogs.ublabs.org/fromthestorageroom.

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