Veggie Booty Recall

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:31 by admin

Updated July 2007: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing an alert to consumers about a recalled snack food called Veggie Booty that may be contaminated with salmonella. According to the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control, there have been 52 reports of salmonellosis in consumers who ingested the Veggie Booty snack. The snack food is contaminated with a rare form of salmonella called Salmonella Wandsworth, which is a bacterium that causes gastrointestinal illness. Robert’s American Gourmet, the manufacturer of the product, is recalling all Veggie Booty snack food because of the possible health risk. All codes and expiration dates of the product are included in the recall.

The majority of the illnesses struck toddlers under the age of three. According to the FDA salmonellosis can cause “serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail and elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.” Normal side effects of people infected with salmonella include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. So far 17 different states have had instances of salmonella from the product.

Consumers who have contracted salmonellosis from eating Veggie Booty should not discard the snack food. It is important to keep the remaining product, packaging, and any proof of purchase because it will be needed to pursue a claim against Robert’s American Gourmet.

Updated July 2007: Seasoning Mix May Have Caused Veggie Booty Contamination

The FDA announced that the seasoning mix in the snack may have caused the contamination in Robert’s American Gourmet Veggie Booty.

The Veggie Booty snack was recalled on June 28 due to an outbreak of foodborne illnesses. Sixty children in 19 different states contracted salmonellosis between March and June. Six children had to be hospitalized, but there have been no deaths reported.

The snack was found to contain a strain of Salmonella Wandsworth that can cause those exposed to the bacteria to have diarrhea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, and fever. Robert’s American Gourmet also recalled another snack called Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks because it contained the same seasoning as Veggie Booty. The company has had to stop all production of Robert’s products while the FDA completes their investigation on the ingredients of the Veggie Booty.

The company claims on their website, that the seasoning came from a New Jersey company and “it is believed the ingredient at issue was obtained from China.” Robert’s American Gourmet representatives state that from now on they will assume testing measures that “far exceed” industry and governmental standards.

The owner of the company, Robert Ehrlich, says he is “saddened by the event” and hopes “to get the company back on track shortly”.

If you or anyone else you know has been injured after consuming Veggie Booty snack food, you should contact a medical doctor immediately. You may also want to contact an attorney who can help protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

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