Tempeh starter recalled by TempehOnline.com
2012-05-22In Rockville, MD, TempehOnline.com is operated, and you may not have guessed that it would have been based there, but it is. In any case, they started to recall packages of Tempeh Starter because they could have been contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious, and even deadly infections, in young people, old people, and immune-compromised people. Healthy people who get salmonella poisoning often get diarrhea, nausea, and fever. In some situations, Salmonella infection can result in the organism crossing over into the bloodstream and causing arthritis or endocarditis. It is a serious oganism, and it is good that it was recalled. It is common practice to recall all packages that have been contaminated with Salmonella.
The tempeh starter was sold from TempehOnline.com and was shipped around the United States. The product was sent to countries around the world like Croatia, Poland, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia. It is a terrible thing that these products were sent all around the world, because it just enlarged the capacity of people who could get infected with Salmonella. The product arrived in clear plastic, sealed packages that had a small digital label. The sizes sold were 1000 gm, 250 gm, 50gm, and 30 gm.
There have been several illnesses reported to date that could be in connection with this problem. The outbreak sickened nearly 100 people in five states, including many in North Carolina. The contamination potential was seen after the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services tested the product and showed that it had Salmonella in it. The FDA then notified them of the risk, and they immediately stopped their operations. IndonesianFoodMart.com did not actually manufacture the product, but it was imported from Indonesia.
The product must not be used. Consumers should securely enclose the product and return it to the address listed or throw it away in the trash immediately.