Veggie Booty Recall Tied to Seasoning
Recall Expanded to Include Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks
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
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
Both products are marketed by Robert's American Gourmet of Sea Cliff,
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.
Salmonella bacteria typically cause fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea,
which may be bloody. Symptoms usually start within one to four days after
exposure to salmonella bacteria.
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
Veggie Booty Seasoning Mix a Suspect
The CDC, FDA, and state health officials are investigating the Veggie Booty
"Preliminary testing suggests that the seasoning mix used in Veggie
Booty may be the source of the contamination," states the FDA in a news
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
Because the seasoning mix is also used in Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn
Sticks, Robert's American Gourmet has voluntarily recalled that product,
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.