ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Veggie Booty snack food, sold in all 50 states and Canada, may be contaminated with Salmonella wandsworth, and consumers should throw away any of the product they have on hand, the FDA advised.
ROCKVILLE, Md., June 29 -- Veggie Booty snack food, sold in all 50 states and Canada, may be contaminated with Salmonella wandsworth, and consumers should throw away any of the product they have, the FDA has advised.
The agency acted after reports of 52 illnesses in 17 states, starting in March. Nearly all occurred in children younger than 10, with toddlers most often affected. Bloody diarrhea was the most common symptom, and four patients were hospitalized.
California had seven reports of illnesses linked to the contaminated snack, Colorado five, Connecticut one, Georgia one, Indiana one, Massachusetts three, Minnesota two, New Hampshire two, New Jersey two, New York 13, Oregon one, Pennsylvania three, Tennessee one, Texas one, Vermont three, Washington four, and Wisconsin two.
The FDA urged parents or caregivers to seek medical attention for children who may have eaten Veggie Booty snacks and who show any Salmonella symptoms, which include diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, often accompanied by abdominal cramps and fever.
The symptoms typically begin within one to four days after exposure. In infants, patients in poor health, or those who are immunocompromised, Salmonella can cause septic infections.
Veggie Booty snacks are marketed by Robert's American Gourmet of Sea Cliff, N.Y. The product is sold in flexible plastic foil bags in four-ounce, one-ounce, and half-ounce packages. The company is recalling all production codes and expiration dates of the product, it said in a statement.