Tuesday, May 8, 2012

salmonella outbreak surged 30 percent over the weekend: Ingredient from Maryland Company may be salmonella source , North Carolina

ASHEVILLE — The number of cases in a Buncombe County salmonella outbreak surged 30 percent over the weekend, county health officials said Monday.

Government food and health regulators are zeroing in on a tempeh ingredient sold by a Maryland company as the possible source of the local bacterial infection.

The Food and Drug Administration is now among the agencies involved in the investigation of ingredients in the cultured bean product.

Meanwhile, officials with Smiling Hara Tempeh said the small Candler company is looking at restarting production after first doing a thorough review of its system.

Fourteen more people reported being ill over the weekend, raising the total from 46 on Friday to 60. Read More