Soy Flour Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Soy flour is the newest product being recalled for potential Salmonella contamination, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Thumb Oilseed Producer’s Cooperative of Ubly, Michigan is recalling 2623, 40-pound bags and 360, 1500-pound totes of soybean flour, as well as 924, .08-ton loads of bulk soy meal over Salmonella contamination worries.

The soy flour was distributed, as follows:

40-Pound Bags
• Nex Soy: Lot numbers TF112310 – TF033011.
• Soy Beginnings: Product Code 285100-NFB; lot numbers TF112310 – TF033011.
1500-Pound Polyurethane Totes
• Soy Beginnings: Product Code 285100-NFT; lot numbers TF112310 – TF082311.

.08-Ton Loads of Bulk Soy Meal
• Distributed after custom processing with lot numbers O011711 – O081711.

The recalled soybean flour and meal was distributed to a limited group of wholesale customers in Illinois, Vermont, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Canada. Shipments took place from November 2010 through September 2011. Routine sampling conducted by the company and the FDA revealed the Salmonella bacteria in finished product and the manufacturing environment.

Thumb Oilseed is contacting its customers and says no illnesses have been reported, to date. It is important to note, however, that it can take some time from ingestion of contaminated food until symptoms manifest.

Consumers who purchased the recalled products are urged to return them to Thumb Oilseed Producers Cooperative for a credit or a refund. Thumb Oilseed can be reached at t the company at 1.989.658.2344 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), Monday through Friday. This recall does not involve soy oil products produced by Thumb Oilseed.

Salmonella is an organism that can lead to significant, sometimes fatal, infections in the very young, the frail, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

The Salmonella pathogen can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella poisoning often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Rarely, infection with the Salmonella pathogen can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe or chronic illnesses.

Animals with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and suffer from diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and/or vomiting. Some animals will experience decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your animal has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, a veterinarian should be contacted.

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