The FDA first alerted consumers to the danger of salmonella poisoning in products from Robert’s American Gourmet, namely, “Veggie Booty” the FDA has just completed tests that have confirmed the presence of salmonella not only in “Veggie Booty,” but in another product from Robert’s American Gourmet as well.
The investigation is still on going and more updates are expected. The recent tests indicate that the contamination comes from the seasoning mix that was used and the FDA is tracing back all the ingredients to see of they may have been used in any products from other companies and to make sure that this is where the contamination came from.
The FDA has been able to confirm the strain of Salmonella Wandsworth has been discovered in “Veggie Booty.” They also have confirmed that it is responsible for the salmonella outbreak between March and June of this year.
The first series of tests that indicated that “Veggie Booty” might be the source were conducted by the Minnesota Agricultural Lab and the subsequent testing buy the FDA confirmed their results.
The FDA reenforces its first warning not to eat and “Veggie Booty” and throw away any that are left. They have also added to the warning, including another product from Robert’s American Gourmet that they think may also be contaminated by the same bacteria. That product is “Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Snack.” The same warning applies, do not eat any and throw all you have away.
They also state that there is no evidence of any contamination in any of the other products manufactured by
Robert’s American Gourmet
If you or any of your family has eaten either of these products have shown any of the symptoms outlined below, see a doctor immediately. Salmonella is extremely serious and can be deadly. Luckily, there have been no deaths associated with these products, but 61 children from 19 states have become ill and Six children were serious enough to be hospitalized.
These are the states who have reported cases of salmonella associated with these products so far: California (seven cases), Colorado (five), Connecticut (two), Georgia (one), Illinois (two), Indiana (one), Massachusetts (four), Minnesota (two), New Hampshire (two), New Jersey (two), New York (15), Oregon (one), Pennsylvania (four), Tennessee (one), Texas (two), Virginia (one), Vermont (three), Washington (four), and Wisconsin (two). These products are sold nation wide and even if you state is not listed, it does not mean an outbreak cannot occur.
Be on the lookout for symptoms like this” diarrhea (may be bloody), often accompanied by abdominal cramps and fever. Symptoms typically begin within one to four days after exposure to the bacteria. If you do see these symptoms, it’s important to try and remember everything the infected person has eaten over this period of time. This is important to keep in mind, not only with these products, but anytime anyone exhibits these symptoms. Do not wait to see if the symptoms disappear, get medical attention immediately. In infants and persons with poor underlying health and those with weakened immune systems, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections.
The firm that produces the products for Robert’s has ceased any manufacturing until the investigation is complete and all the parties involved are cooperating fully with authorities.
Source : Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov