Following an inspection conducted by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Smiling Hara is voluntary recalling certain batches of soybean tempeh after samples tested positive for Salmonella. Consumers are being advised not to ingest any of the affected product, which is used mainly in vegetarian food items as a substitute for meat products. The item can be returned for a refund.
The Asheville-based company issued the recall on all tempeh manufactured between January 11 and April 11 of this year. Consumers can identify the affected product by making note of the best-by date. All affected units came in 12 ounce packages, are unpasteurized, and have a best-by date between July 11 and October 25 of this year.
It is not yet known if the outbreak is linked to the current Buncombe County salmonella outbreak which has so far made 37 people ill. Starting on February 28, numerous persons who have traveled to that area were infected with salmonella. As such, testing on the product is still being carried out. the North Carolina Division of Public Health wants to identify whether or not the two strains are related, and will conduct more tests to establish just that.
Those who suspect they or a member of their family may be ill are urged to contact their physician. Symptoms can crop up one to ten days after contact and may include diarrhea, headache, and abdominal pain.
It saddens me to see such an outbreak as a Riverside personal injury attorney. Even the most cautious consumer can be put at risk when a seemingly healthy product contains something as injurious as salmonella. It’s my wish as a personal injury lawyer in San Francisco that this problem gets dealt with accordingly.