October 25, 2014

Tempeh Starter Yeast Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Indonesianfoodmart.com of Maryland is recalling all packages of “Tempeh Starter Yeast” because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Product details:

  • Tempeh Starter Yeast
  • Super Starter Yeast
  • Distributed nationwide and internationally through direct mail
  • Also distributed to:
    • Australia
    • Brunei
    • Canada
    • Croatia
    • Darussalam
    • New Zealand
    • Poland
    • Slovenia
  • The starter is in sealed, clear packages marked with a small computer label
  • Sold in these sizes: 30 gm, 50 gm, 250 gm, and 1000 gm

There have been several illnesses reported that may be connected to this product. If you have purchased this product, securely wrap it and return it to the address listed on the FDA site, or discard it.

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services revealed the presence of Salmonella in some of the product. [Editor's note: This information, from the FDA, is not correct. Please see Indonesian Exporter Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Identified for the latest information.] Indonesianfoodmart.com did not manufacture the product; it was imported from Indonesia. For questions, call the company at 301-279-8773.

Unpasteurized tempeh is linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Paratyphi B in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Tempeh produced by Smiling Hara in that county was found to be the source of the outbreak. Unpasteurized tempeh is considered a raw product and, for safety, should be cooked before consuming.

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