An Asheville, N.C., establishment is now recalling a vegetarian meat substitute known as ‘tempeh’ because it may be contaminated with salmonella, a potentially deadly foodborne pathogen. An investigation is currently underway to determine whether the salmonella found in the tempeh is the same as a strain that is responsible for an outbreak which caused 37 food poisoning illnesses. Signs and symptoms of salmonella food poisoning may include diarrhea (which may be bloody or watery), fever, headache, and abdominal pain.
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What’s the problem?
April 30, 2012 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release today informing the public that Smiling Hara is currently recalling 12 oz. packages of unpasteurized soybean tempeh because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.
Smiling Hara is recalling tempeh manufactured between Jan. 11 and April 11 of this year. The containers in question can be identified by a best-by date of 7/11/12 through 10/25/12. Smiling Hara is requesting that consumers who purchased tempeh included in this recall discard it immediately or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
“Anyone with this product in their possession should not eat it,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Smiling Hara launched the recall after samples collected by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services during a routine inspection tested positive for salmonella.”
An investigation is currently underway to determine whether the strain of salmonella in this recall is the same as a strain that caused at least 37 recent illnesses. Cases appear to have originated in Buncombe County, N.C., on or around Feb. 28.
“We strongly encourage individuals to follow the recall guidelines to protect their health and the health of their families,” State Epidemiologist Dr. Megan Davies said.“We do not know yet if this is the same strain of salmonella that is causing the current outbreak. Any salmonella can be transmitted person to person, so it is very important for individuals to practice good hand-washing and to see a physician if they have any symptoms of illness.”
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