Pringles recalled as salmonella scare widens

Pringles recalled as salmonella scare widens

Procter & Gamble has recalled two flavours of Pringles on fears that an ingredient used in their production could be contaminated with salmonella.

Responding to guidance from the Food and Drug Administration, P&G has initiated a recall of Pringles Restaurant Cravers Cheeseburger potato crisps and Pringles Family Faves Taco Night potato crisps.

The products contain hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) manufactured by Basic Food Flavors. It was revealed last week that the ingredient, which has been used by a variety of US food makers, could be contaminated with salmonella.

A customer of Basic Food Flavors notified the authorities of the contamination and an FDA investigation then identified salmonella at the production site.

Basic Food Flavors then issued a voluntary recall of all powder and paste HVP made since 17 September last year.

The scare has drawn in a number of US food makers and retailers, including Homemade Gourmet, Reser's Fine Foods, Safeway Inc, Ahold USA and McCormick.

In a statement released yesterday (8 March) P&G insisted that food safety was the company's “top priority”.

“We follow rigorous food safety and ingredient testing standards,” the company said. “We are withdrawing these products out of an abundance of caution for consumer safety and in response to FDA's recommendation to the food industry.”