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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 5, 2007

State public health director reminds of Salmonella linked to Veggie snacks
Robert’s American Gourmet Food, Inc. recalls Veggie Booty and Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks

SPRINGFIELD - Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director, is warning people of Salmonella linked to Veggie Booty and Super Veggie Tings Crunch Corn Sticks Snack Food. The products have been voluntarily recalled by Robert’s American Gourmet Food, Inc. Currently there are 57 cases of the Salmonella ser. Wandsworth strain from 17 states, including one from Illinois.

“Robert’s American Gourmet Food has recalled these veggie snacks so they should be off store shelves, but I want to remind people that if they have them at home, throw them out.  Salmonellosis can cause serious infections in young children.  Many parents say these veggie snacks are popular with toddlers so you need to make sure kids don’t mistakenly eat them,” said Dr. Whitaker.

 The Illinois Department of Public Health is conducting an investigation into the one Salmonella ser Wandsworth case in Illinois in conjunction with the local health department.

Salmonellosis is often mistaken for the “stomach flu.”  Symptoms, which last from 24 hours to 12 days, include headache, muscle aches, diarrhea, vomiting, chills, fever, nausea and dehydration. They usually appear six to 72 hours after ingestion.

Consumers who bought Veggie Booty or Super Veggie Tings Crunch Corn Sticks can call 1-800-626-7557 for a reimbursement.



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