Tempeh Starter Recalled, Linked To Salmonella Outbreak

Tempeh Starter Recalled, Linked To Salmonella OutbreakTempeh starter is being recalled and has been linked to an ongoing Salmonella outbreak.

The three-month tempeh Salmonella outbreak has reportedly sickened more than 90 people, said MSNBC, and has been linked to a recall by Smiling Hara of Asheville, North Carolina. That recall involved 12-ounce packages of unpasteurized soybean tempeh.

Although most of the sickness have been reported in North Carolina, some reports have also been made in some other states Gaylen Ehrlichman, a spokeswoman for the Buncombe County Department of Health, told MSNBC

Now, Indonesianfoodmart.com of Rockville, Maryland, is recalling all packages of its “Tempeh Starter Yeast” over Salmonella contamination concerns, said The U.S Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The recalled “Tempeh Starter Yeast “and “Super Starter Yeast” were distributed nationwide and internationally through direct mail orders. Internationally, the potentially contaminated tempeh starter was distributed in Australia, Canada, Slovenia, New Zealand, Brunei, Darussalam, Poland, and Croatia.

The recalled “Tempeh Starter Yeast “and “Super Starter Yeast” is packaged in sealed, clear plastic containers marked with a small computer printed label and comes in 30gm, 50gm, 250 gm, and 1000 gm sizes.

The potential for contamination was noted after testing by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services revealed the presence of Salmonella in some of the recalled tempeh product. Indonesianfoodmart.com has discontinued its operations; Indonesianfoodmart.com did not manufacture the product, which was imported from Indonesia, according to the FDA.

This firm advises consumers that the recalled tempeh product should not be used and should either be discarded or securely wrapped and returned to: c/o Attorney for Indonesianfoodmart.com, A.P. Pishevar, Esq., Pishevar & Associates, P.C.
600 E. Jefferson St., Suite 316
Rockville, Maryland, 20852. The firm’s representative can be reached at 1.301.279.8773 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Of note, the recalled tempeh starter was used to make the previously recalled packages of unpasteurized soybean tempeh that was recalled on May 1 by Smiling Hara. Laboratory tests revealed that the Smiling Hara product was contaminated with a strain of Paratyphi B Salmonella, wrote MSNBC. After FDA officials advised Smiling Hara that its imported tempeh starter was contaminated with the Salmonella pathogen, it discontinued operations.

As we’ve mentioned, the Salmonella paratyphi B strain has been linked to one ingredient, a starter culture distributed by Tempeh Online of Rockville, Maryland to an area company that sells Smiling Hara Tempeh. The Paratyphi B strain is a rare Salmonella strain that has a 30-day incubation period; most other Salmonella strains have a 10-day incubation period.

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