Salmonella Warning on Veggie Booty Snack
"The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume Robert's American Gourmet Veggie Booty snack food described below because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella."*
Veggie Booty Snacks are sold nationwide in Canada and the United States through Internet sales, phone orders, local distributors, and retail sales. According to Robert's American Gourmet Food Inc. all codes and expiration dates of Veggie Booty have been recalled.
Georgine Hertzwig of Robert's American Gourmet in Sea Cliff, N.Y. noted that the company acted after the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), contacted them about the illnesses in 17 states. But there is no data how much of the product was affected.
Salmonella causes serious and even fatal infections, especially in children, elderly and those whose immune systems are weakened. Symptoms of salmonella poisoning are the following: fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Moreover, the infection with Salmonella can result in producing more severe illnesses in human organism. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease control about 300,000 Americans are hospitalized with food-borne illnesses and 5,000 people die every year.
Veggie Booty Snacks are packed in flexible plastic foil bags: in 4 ounce, 1 ounce and half-ounce portions. The consumers of Veggie Booty are told that if they still have these bags at homes they should discard the contents and contact the company at 1-800-626-7557 for reimbursement.
Robert's American Gourmet has been notified by The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of 51 cases of Salmonella. In this list the number of children is dominating. Based on this information Robert's American Gourmet has decided to conduct this recall as a preventive measure, in spite of the fact that there are no confirmed positive results in the finished product yet.
* The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2007/20070628e.shtml