Georgia Department of Agriculture

N.C. company recalls tempeh after tests detect salmonella

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of some tempeh products distributed in Georgia because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors will be checking local stores to make sure the recalled products are removed from sale. Here is the recall announcement from the FDA:

Smiling Hara of Asheville is voluntarily recalling 12-ounce packages of unpasteurized soybean tempeh because of possible contamination with salmonella.

The company is recalling tempeh manufactured this year between Jan. 11 and April 11. The containers are marked with a best-by date of 7/11/12 through 10/25/12. Tempeh is used as a meat substitute in vegetarian cuisine. The company is directing consumers to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers wanting more information can contact Smiling Hara at 828-242-1300.

Smiling Hara launched the recall after samples collected by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services during a routine inspection tested positive for salmonella. Additional tests will be conducted by the North Carolina Division of Public Health.

Symptoms of Salmonella commonly associated with this infection may include, but are not limited to, diarrhea that may be bloody, fever, headache and abdominal pain usually one to 10 days after exposure. The illness caused by salmonella infection usually lasts four to seven days, but can last longer.

For more information:
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Smiling Hara’s customer relations at 828-242-1300. Media with questions about the recall should contact Brian Long at 919-707-3007 or Mark Van Sciver at 919-855-4840. Questions pertaining to the Georgia Department of Agriculture should be directed to

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