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According to a report from The Wall Street Journal today, Basic Food continued to make and distribute food ingredients for about a month after it learned the bacteria salmonella was present at its processing facility, according to a Food and Drug Administration report.
The Journal reports that FDA officials inspected Basic Food Flavor's plant for about two weeks starting in mid-February and found the company didn't adequately clean equipment or store foods to protect against the growth of contaminants such as salmonella, according to the inspection report. Disturbingly, FDA inspectors noted that "light-brown residue" and "dark-brown liquid" was seen on or around areas where Basic Food makes the flavor-enhancing ingredients used in foods. The inspectors said brown residue was also found in a plastic pipe used in making food ingredients.
At this time, no illnesses have yet been reported from foods that have been recalled. Although the list has grown to 100 foods at present, the FDA and other health officials have said the risk of people getting sick from products containing the HVP is low because the flavor enhancer generally makes up less than 1% of all the ingredients in a food.
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