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Fw: FDA Warns Consumers Not to Eat Veggie Booty Snack Food


FDA Warns Consumers Not to Eat Veggie Booty Snack Food
Risk of Salmonella Contamination
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration 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
illness.

FDA advises consumers to throw away any Robert's American Gourmet brand Veggie
Booty they have in their home. Veggie Booty is sold in a flexible plastic foil
bag in four ounce, one ounce, and one-half ounce packages.

Veggie Booty is often consumed by children, so parents are encouraged to watch
their children, and seek medical care if they observe signs of illness.

Individuals who have recently eaten Veggie Booty and who have experienced any
of the symptoms described below should contact a doctor or other health care
provider immediately. Any such illnesses in persons with a recent history of
eating Veggie Booty should be reported to state or local health authorities.

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 persons had reported bloody
diarrhea; four were hospitalized. FDA learned of the illnesses on June 27 from
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted an
investigation of the illnesses with state and local health officials. The
outbreak is considered likely to be ongoing.

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).

Robert's American Gourmet, of Sea Cliff, N.Y., which markets Veggie Booty, 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 product, including all expiration dates and lot codes. The
product is sold in all 50 states and Canada at retail locations and over the
Internet.

FDA will provide updates as the investigation progresses and more information
becomes available.

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Firm Press Release (June 28, 2007)



FDA's Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts Page:
http://www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html

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