Albert Lea’s Mrs. Gerry’s recalls 2 products

Published 7:30 am Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Albert Lea-based Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchen Inc. is recalling its crab Creole spread and its spinach dip. The recall is in connection to a nationwide recall of a specific ingredient.

“No one has become sick from our products. It’s purely precautionary,” Mrs. Gerry’s CEO Alan Oliver said this morning.

The products contain ingredient hydrolyzed vegetable protein — commonly called HVP — by Las Vegas company Basic Food Flavors.

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An FDA report on Tuesday says Basic Food Flavors continued to make and sell food ingredients after it knew its plant was contaminated with salmonella.

Oliver said the spinach dip and crab spread are the only Mrs. Gerry’s products containing the recalled ingredient.

Click here for FDA list of recalled products

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children and others with weakened immune systems.

The Mrs. Gerry’s products were sold in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Missouri. The crab spread is made for Mrs. Gerry’s by a Wisconsin company. The spinach dip is made at Mrs. Gerry’s plant in Albert Lea.

The HVP recall has resulted in the recall of, as of Monday, 101 products nationwide. Among them, taco- and cheeseburger-flavored Pringles potato chips, McCormick onion gravy mix and an array of Reser’s dips.

In related news, Frontier Natural Products Co-op of Norway, Iowa, is recalling seasoning products made using non-organic black pepper that were sold under the Frontier and Whole Foods Market brands. No illness has been reported. The spread was available nationwide, as well as in Canada.

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Tim Engstrom is the editor of the Albert Lea Tribune. He resides in Albert Lea with his wife, two sons and dog.

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