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Health Hazard Alert - 'Tempeh Starter Yeast' and 'Super Starter Yeast' may contain Salmonella bacteria
Ottawa, May 24, 2012 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public as well as importers and manufacturers not to use "Tempeh Starter Yeast" and "Super Starter Yeast" described below because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The "Tempeh Starter Yeast" and "Super Starter Yeast", products of Indonesia, were sold in 30 g, 50 g, 250 g and 1000 g sealed, clear plastic packages marked with a computer printed label.
You may have purchased these products through direct mail orders from the US supplier, Indonesianfoodmart.com of Rockville, MD. These products have been recalled in the USA, Canada and several other countries.
There have been several reported illnesses in the USA associated with the consumption of Tempeh made with the recalled yeast products. However, there are no reported illnesses to date in Canada.
The CFIA is working with the Canadian importers & distributors to remove the affected products from the marketplace.
The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.
Food contaminated with Salmonella may
not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause
salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with
weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections.
In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high
fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term
complications may include severe arthritis.