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Possible Salmonella Contamination Prompts Recall of Dry Soup and Stroganoff Mixes

Washington, DC: MiDAS Foods International of Oak Park, MI is recalling Instant Beef Soup dry mix and Instant Beef Stroganoff sauce mix because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The dry soup mix and dry sauce mix were not distributed for retail sale to consumers. This notice is to make consumers who may inadvertently come across a package of this product aware of the recall. The products were distributed to food service establishments in the states of Florida and Tennessee.

The dry Instant Beef Soup Mix is packaged in brown cardboard cases dimension: 15"x 7.75"x 5.7" with a brown label titled "Instant Beef Soup Mix" and bearing "Code: AS493060"; Mfg. Date: MAR 10, 2010-01 and produced by MiDAS Foods International / American Saucery. The individual units inside the box are 7" x 6.5" white plastic sealed pouches with plain black lettering "Instant Beef Soup" at the top, and the product code "AS493060" in the bottom right of the text.

The dry beef stroganoff mix is packaged in brown cardboard cases dimension: 15"x 7.75"x 5.75" with a white label titled "Instant Beef Stroganoff Sauce" and bearing "Code: AS605010" in the lower right corner.; Mfg. Date: JAN 21, 2010-01 and produced by MiDAS Foods International / American Saucery. There is a single, unlabled clear plastic bag containing the mix inside the box.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall is the result of notification by one of our vendors that a flavor used in the soup mix contained an HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein) produced by Basic Food Flavors of Nevada which had the potential to contain salmonella. Although the flavor used in the soup was tested by an independent lab, and found to be negative for the bacteria, we are proceeding with this notice for precautionary food safety reasons.

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Published on Apr-28-10


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