Just more than the week after the discovery that tempeh products from North Carolina-based brand Smiling Hara were tainted with salmonella, 60 people have been sickened by the soybean-based food. Last week, Food Safety News reported that Smiling Hara tempeh had been identified as the source of an outbreak of a rare strain of the foodborne disease, leading to a halt in production and distribution. At least seven people were hospitalized as a result of the occurrence, primarily in the Buncombe County area. Representatives from Smiling Hara believe that the prepackaged culture used in the making of the fermented product was contaminated upon purchase.
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