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2007 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Keystone Food Products/Robert's American Gourmet Veggie Bootie Snack Food

A multi-state, case-control study demonstrated a strong association between illness and consumption of Veggie Bootie, a snack of puffed rice and corn with a vegetable coating. By June 28, the Robert's American Gourmet Company had recalled the product. Eighty seven outbreak associated cases were identified. Eight cases were hospitalized. There were no deaths. Most (90%) of the illnesses occurred in children who were less than three years old. Salmonella Wandsworth was isolated from four, unopened bags of the product. Salmonella Typhimurium was isolated from another sealed bag of the product. The company decided to recall the Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks product on July 2 because this product contained many of the same ingredients as the Veggie Bootie. Veggie Bootie was made by Keystone Food Products of Easton, Pennsylvania. The vegetable seasoning mix, added after the baking and puffing steps yielded the Salmonella Wandsworth outbreak strain.

  • Outbreak began:
  • February 2007
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California, New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Massachusetts, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Grain, puffed rice and puffed corn snack with vegetable coating
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Many
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Robert's American Gourmet Veggie Bootie Snack, Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks
  • Total ill:
  • 87
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 8
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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