I’d like to thank @jaxcc for alerting me to the massive recall of potentially contaminated items. It’s important to check your pantries for items in this list from the FDA. This pdf is the full list of recalled products. I will list the brands below as a quick way to decide whether or not you need to download the list and go through your entire pantry.
Salmonella is most dangerous to the young and the elderly. While salmonella is often associated with raw chicken it has other sources and vegetarians need to be aware that the contaminated ingredient is Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein and it is present in vegetarian items, too.
*EDIT* 3/8/2010: The list of recalled Products has been updated.
New Brands Added to the recall:
De la Casa
Fresh Food Concepts
National Pretzel Company
Brands involved in this recall are:
Follow Your Heart (frozen, prepared meals, many vegetarian)
Great Value (Walmart’s generic, Ranch Chip Dip)
Johnny’s Fine Foods
Oak Lake Farms
Trader Joe’s (Organic Creamy Ranch Dressing & Dip)