Well, it’s happened again. Another staple in our home has been pulled from the market. This time it’s Veggie Booty snack food due to risk of salmonella contamination.
The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers on June 28th to avoid eating Veggie Booty and to throw away any packages. This from the FDA news release:
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.
I will never forget my first encounter with Veggie Booty. Sage was about seven months old and we were at a park with a few other moms and their babies. Somehow I ended up holding the bag of Booty when all of a sudden I realized that all of the babies had turned to me and in their own desperate ways, were all attempting to get to the bag. It was like a horror movie. All these babies coming after me at once. AGH!!!
Later I read this funny article in Salon about Veggie Booty, in which the author calls it “crack for babies.” There’s something about this stuff that really appeals to babies. I couldn’t for the life of me tell you what. I think it’s gross. Really sad to hear that it made people sick, especially young kids. If you can’t trust Thomas the train and Veggie Booty, who can you trust?