May 24, 2018

Tempeh Starter Yeast Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination 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 … [Read more...]

North Carolina Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Tempeh Expands

The Salmonella outbreak linked to contaminated tempeh produced by Smiling Hara of Asheville NC, continues a slow expansion. There are now a total of 87 throughout the state, an increase of four since Friday, May 18, according to the county health department. Most of the cases, 64, are in Buncombe County. The outbreak has been linked to a rare strain of bacteria called Salmonella Paratyphi B. It's the first time the strain has ever been detected in North Carolina, according to health officials there. When the outbreak was first announced, in late April, the illnesses were associated with the consumption of contaminated tempeh. But over time, cases also began to mount through person-to-person transmission. Popular in Indonesia, tempeh (pronounced tem-pay) is used as a protein source in … [Read more...]

NC Salmonella Paratyphi B Outbreak Expands Over Weekend

The Salmonella Paratyphi B outbreak linked to tainted tempeh produced in Asheville NC continues to expand slowly. Over the weekend, two more cases were confirmed, bringing the total in Buncombe County to 64, according to the county health department. There are also at least 21 other cases in other parts of North Carolina. When the outbreak was first announced April 27, a total of 27 people had been sickened by the rare strain Salmonella Paratyphi B. The disease is spread by ingesting food contaminated with the bacteria or through person-to-person contact. In this case, those initially sickened contracted infections after eating contaminated tempeh, produced by Smiling Hara of Asheville. Subsequent cases were likely caused by person-to-person transmission, health authorities have … [Read more...]

Salmonella Paratyphi Outbreak Linked To Tempeh Online, Rockville MD

The starter culture for a tempeh product linked to a North Carolina Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 60 people was produced by Tempeh Online of Rockville, MD, a spokesman from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture confirmed this morning. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has picked up the investigation, said Dan Regan, of NCDA’s food and drug division. “As a state agency, we can’t go across state lines so we work with our federal partners.” In late April, the Buncombe County Health Department announced it was investigating and outbreak of Salmonella Paratyphi B, an unusual strain of Salmonella, in the Asheville area. The outbreak was then linked to Smiling Hara, an Asheville company that produced the the tempeh product at a shared kitchen run by Blue Ridge … [Read more...]

Shared Kitchen Reopens After Smiling Hara Tempeh Salmonella Outbreak

Blue Ridge Food Ventures, the shared use facility in Buncombe County, N.C., where Smiling Hara manufactured the tempeh identified as the source of the Salmonella Paratyphi B outbreak that has sickened at least 55 people, has reopened. Blue Ridge voluntarily closed on April 26 after learning that Smiling Hara tempeh was the source of the outbreak and brought in a third-party food safety specialist to conduct environmental testing. Samples from 100 areas in the facility were tested, including 20 specifically from the Smiling Hara storage area. All of them were negative, the company said in a statement. “Our top concern is for the protection of human health and food safety, and to allow the businesses that use the facility to return to production as quickly as possible. At no time did the … [Read more...]

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