Local grocers not affected by food recall

A recall of as many as 10,000 items
containing a flavour enhancer that could be contaminated with salmonella is
apparently not affecting local grocers.

Woody Foster, managing director of
Foster’s Food Fair said he story receives regular updates on recalls or the possibility
of such events.

“We are aware of that situation,
but none of the items in the recall are carried at Fosters,” he said.

Hurley’s Supermarket General Manager
Asdrubal Mena said he was not aware of the particular recall, but after reading
about it online said Hurley’s did not carry the majority of the items on the

He said the supermarket had removed
a nominal amount of items not included in this particular recall recently.

“We receive local updates and are
members of the FDA’s service, which sends regular e-mail updates,” he said.

 “Furthermore, even if a vendor carries a
particular item that is recalled, the recall may only be for certain dates and
your stock may fall outside those dates,” said Mr. Mena.

Charles Jury, manager at Kirk
Supermarket, said their suppliers would have alerted them to any such problem
immediately and they have heard nothing from them regarding any of the items
they carry.

A product, called hydrolyzed
vegetable protein or HVP that is found in soups, chillies, stews, hot dogs,
gravies, seasoned snack foods, dips and dressing is said to be the cause for
the recall.

No illnesses have been reported in
America as a result of the affected products, as investigators say they were
able to identify the problem quite early.

For a list of recalled products go
to http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/HVPCP/.