The New York State Health Department has confirmed a strain of salmonella in a some Veggie Booty snack food purchased in New York. More than 60 people, mostly small children, including 15 New Yorkers, have been sickened after eating the snack made of puffed rice and corn with a vegetable coating.
The State Health Department said it identified the bacteria in an opened Veggie Booty snack from an infected person, as well as in a sample from a separate, unopened bag. The department, like the Food and Drug Administration, has advised consumers not to eat any Veggie Booty and discard any packages at home.
Veggie Booty is marketed by Robert’s American Gourmet of Sea Cliff, Long Island. The company stopped distributing Veggie Booty and initiated a voluntary nationwide recall, saying seasoning believed made with Chinese ingredients contained the salmonella.