Rare Salmonella Paratyphi Outbreak Linked to Unpasteurized Tempeh
46 confirmed cases, 7 hospitalizations
Food Safety News
by James Andrews | May 04, 2012
The Buncombe County Health Department has declared Smiling Hara tempeh the source of the Salmonella Paratyphi B outbreak originating in Asheville, NC.
The number ill has risen to 46, with seven being hospitalized.
In a joint press conference with Smiling Hara, the county health department announced that the Salmonella strain found in a sample of Smiling Hara unpastuerized tempeh matches the outbreak strain.
Smiling Hara said they are waiting for test results on ingredients to determine the exact source of the Salmonella. According to the company's website, their product is made with three ingredients: beans, vinegar and culture.
The company will continue to work with public health officials as the investigation continues.
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