According to AP, Indonesianfoodmart.com announced the recall of Tempeh Starter Yeast and Super Starter Yeast on today. The products were distributed nationwide and abroad. The product was imported from Indonesia. It comes in sealed, clear, plastic packages marked with a small computer-printed label. The sizes sold are 30gm, 50gm, 250gm, and 1,000gm. The company said in an email that several illnesses have been reported in connection with the starter yeast. The potential for contamination was noted after testing by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services showed the presence of Salmonella Paratyphi B in some of the product and in over 80 people in several states.
The Asheville Citizen Times reported that the number of reported cases in a three-month Buncombe-based – Tempeh caused – Salmonella Paratyphi B outbreak is still climbing. The total number of reported cases linked to the outbreak was over 80 as of last Friday afternoon, 62 of which involved residents of Buncombe County.