The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to advise consumers not to eat any Veggie Booty and to throw away product you may have. Robert’s American Gourmet, of Sea Cliff, N.Y, markets veggie Booty. The company makes a variety of food snack sold in food stores, health food stores, supermarkets, and vending machines. They products are very popular with mothers with small children.
Veggie Booty snack is a baked vegetable snack made of kale, broccoli, spinach, carrots, and cabbage. This snak food is seen as fun way to incorporate vegetables in children’s diet.
Initial suspicious of Salmonella Wandsworth bacteria being the cause of contamination on Veggie Booty products has been confirmed by intense and specific lab testing at the Minnesota Agricultural Research Station Laboratory.
A total of 60 persons have been reported sick from the Veggie Booty contaminated products in 19 states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin) according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). New York was the state with the most cases (15). No deaths have been reported and five hospitalizations were needed in this outbreak.
This is not the first time that Robert’s American Gourmet has been involved in a food recall. In 2002 improper food nutrition information reported on its nutritional labels caused an immense food recall for its products.
Symptoms caused by Salmonella intoxication include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. Complications are possible especially if Salmonella gets into the bloodstream. Adults with compromised immune systems, children and the elderly are particular susceptible of such complications. Death may be possible. Consult with your doctor if you have eaten Veggie Booty products of any kind.
It is not clear how the contamination got into the Veggie Booty products. FDA and different government agencies are working hard to establish the source of contamination. Usually these investigations involve the tracing of all ingredients back to providers. Also, and exhaustive investigation of manufacturing practices are need to discard “in company” contamination by food manipulators.
FDA believes that some ingredients employed by Robert’s American Gourmet (seasonings) may be the source of the food contamination. However, other possibilities are being considered to fully understand the dynamics o this outbreak
The outbreak is considered to be outgoing by the FDA so updates by them are likely to continue. As stated before, FDA recommends not eating Veggie Booty snack foods.
Update on Tainted Veggie Booty Snack Food. URL: http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01666.html
Press release from Robert’s American Gourmet. June 26, 2007. ROBERT’S AMERICAN GOURMET FOOD, INC. CONDUCTS NATIONWIDE RECALL OF VEGGIE BOOTY BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK. URL: http://www.robscape.com/press-release4.pdf