July 16, 2007 -- The Veggie Booty recall has broadened to include a second snack food, and a seasoning mix may be a suspect in the Veggie Booty salmonella outbreak.
Veggie Booty is a snack of puffed rice and corn with a vegetable coating. In late June, Veggie Booty's marketer recalled all potentially contaminated Veggie Booty, including all expiration dates and all lot codes.
The recall now also includes Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks, which uses the same seasoning mix as Veggie Booty.
The FDA advises people not to eat Veggie Booty or Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks and to throw those products away.
Since those snacks may appeal to kids, the FDA urges parents to be especially vigilant and seek medical care if they see any signs of illness in children who have recently eaten Veggie Booty or Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks.
Both products are marketed by Robert's American Gourmet of Sea Cliff, N.Y.
Veggie Booty Recall
At least 61 children from 19 states have become ill, including six who were hospitalized, in connection with the Veggie Booty salmonella outbreak, according to the FDA.
The FDA has confirmed that a strain of Salmonella Wandsworth bacteria found in Veggie Booty is responsible for the salmonella cases, which occurred between March and June.
Most people recover from salmonella infection within a week. Infants, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems are more likely to suffer severe cases of salmonella infection, which can be fatal.
According to the CDC, salmonella infections usually resolve in five to seven days and often do not require treatment unless the infection causes severe dehydration or the infection spreads from the intestines. People with severe diarrhea may require rehydration, often with intravenous fluids. In general, the following signs are suggestive of dehydration: increasing thirst, dry mouth, weakness or lightheadedness (particularly if worsening on standing), darkening of the urine, or a decrease in urination.
Children may exhibit the following symptoms of severe dehydration: dry mouth, sunken eyes, decreased urine or tears, lethargy, or confusion. Call for emergency help and have the person sip an electrolyte-replacement fluid such as Pedialyte.
Veggie Booty Seasoning Mix a Suspect
The CDC, FDA, and state health officials are investigating the Veggie Booty salmonella outbreak.
"Preliminary testing suggests that the seasoning mix used in Veggie Booty may be the source of the contamination," states the FDA in a news release.
The FDA is tracing the ingredients in the seasoning mix and studying the process used to make the mix to find out whether the mix is, indeed, the culprit.
Because the seasoning mix is also used in Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks, Robert's American Gourmet has voluntarily recalled that product, too.
The company that makes Veggie Booty and other products for Robert's American Gourmet has ceased production until the investigation is complete. Both companies are cooperating with the FDA's investigation.