FDA is warning consumers not to eat Veggie Booty snack food, marketed by Robert’s American Gourmet, due to possible contamination with Salmonella Wandsworth bacteria that cause gastrointestinal
This warning is based on 52 reports of illness across 17 states, beginning in March 2007. Almost all the illnesses have occurred in children under 10 years old, with the most cases in toddlers.
Most people reported bloody diarrhea, and four were hospitalized. The outbreak is considered likely to be ongoing.
Robert’s American Gourmet, of Sea Cliff, N.Y., and its contract manufacturer, are fully cooperating with FDA’s investigation into the cause of the contamination. Manufacturing and distribution
of this product has ceased, and Robert’s American Gourmet is recalling all potentially contaminated products, including all expiration dates and lot codes. The product is sold in all 50 states
and Canada at retail locations and over the Internet.
Advice for Consumers:
● Throw away any Robert’s American Gourmet brand Veggie Booty. The product is sold in a flexible plastic foil bag in four-ounce, one-ounce, and
● If you have recently eaten Veggie Booty and have experienced any symptoms of Salmonella infection, contact a doctor or other health care provider
immediately. Salmonella typically causes diarrhea (may be bloody); the diarrhea is often accompanied by abdominal cramps and fever. Symptoms typically begin within one to four days after
exposure to the bacteria. In infants and people with poor underlying health and weakened immune systems, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections.
● Watch children and seek medical care if you observe signs of illness. Veggie Booty is often consumed by children.
● Report any such illnesses in people with a recent history of eating Veggie Booty to state or local health authorities.
States reporting illnesses: California (seven cases), Colorado (five cases), Connecticut (one case), Georgia (one case), Indiana (one case), Massachusetts (three cases), Minnesota (two
cases), New Hampshire (two cases), New Jersey (two cases), New York (13 cases), Oregon (one case), Pennsylvania (three cases), Tennessee (one), Texas (one), Vermont (three cases), Washington
(four cases), and Wisconsin (two cases)