July 14, 2007
Tests have confirmed that salmonella is what sickened 61 people who ate Veggie Booty snack food, including one in Virginia.
The finding by the Food and Drug Administration backs up earlier testing by the Minnesota Agricultural Lab.
The FDA has advised consumers NOT to eat any Veggie Booty or Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks.
The snacks are marketed by Robert's American Gourmet of Sea Cliff, New York, which has ordered a recall.
The company says the salmonella was in the seasoning, which is believed to have been made with Chinese ingredients. Robert's says it purchased the seasoning from a New Jersey company, Atlantic Quality Spice and Seasonings.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people in 19 states became sick after eating the snacks. Nearly all of them were children three and younger.
Symptoms of salmonella include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.