A news release by the US Food & Drug Administration yesterday recalls Robert’s American Gourmet brand Veggie Booty snacks.

The snacks, warns the FDA, may be contaminated with Salmonella Wandsworth bacteria which are known to cause gastrointestinal illnesses ranging from diarrhea (with or without blood), fever, and stomach cramps.

Especially troubling about this recall is that the snacks are a favorite among children. Parents are encouraged to monitor their children and to seek immediate medical assistance if symptoms develop.

At the time of the recall, States reporting illnesses included: “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)” according to the FDA.

The FDA, which will provide updates as information develops, warns that the snacks are sold in all 50 states as well as Canada.

Robert’s American Gourmet is reported to be fully cooperating with the recall and has of course ceased all manufacturing and distribution activities of the Veggie Booty snacks and asserts that its other snacks are safe.

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