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Veggie Booty Snacks may Contain Salmonella

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety warning for consumers to not consume Veggie Booty Snacks, marketed by Robert’s American Gourmet, due to possible Salmonella Wandsworth contamination, bacteria that causes gastrointestinal illness.

The FDA advises consumers to discard any Veggie Booty snacks they may have in their home. Veggie Booty snacks are the only variety associated with Salmonella Wandsworth contamination.

Often consumed by small children, parents are encouraged to watch their children and seek medical assistance if any signs of illness appear.

The warning was issued based on 52 reports of illness in 17 states, beginning in March 2007. Nearly all the illness have occurred in children under ten years old with most being toddlers. In the reports received, most suffered bloody diarrhea; four were hospitalized. The FDA learned of the illness on June 27 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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, persons with poor underlying health and those with weakened immune systems, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections.

States reporting illnesses include: 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).