Smiling Hara Tempeh was involved in the salmonella outbreak last spring. The starter culture supplier Tempeh Online was the exact source of the contamination, not Smiling Hara Tempeh. (more below with a link)
What a journey this must be as a small business. Nice work Smiling Hara Tempeh. How can we help you get back in the groove? Let us know!
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Here’s what they have to say from their Facebook page:
We are pleased to announce that the long and arduous process of evaluation is complete and Smiling Hara will once again begin producing tempeh as of Wednesday, July 25. We are excited and honored to once again begin serving our community with a safe, delicious, and wholesome product. We will begin by making deliveries to our restaurant customers next week, followed by groceries sometime is August.
You can come see us at Asheville City Market and North Asheville Tailgate on August 18th.
We have spent the last three months reviewing our processes with food scientists from Cornell University, tempeh experts from around the world, and other food safety specialists in food production. We are more confident than ever in the safety of our product. We have located a source of tempeh starter that performs lab test on every single batch, and produces a tempeh that is incredibly smooth, nutty, and mellow.
Quite honestly, it is the best tempeh we have ever made.
Enjoy Smiling Hara Tempeh once again and help us spread the good word!
“On May 9, health officials with Buncombe County and the North Carolina Division of Public Health announced that an imported starter culture used in the production of the tempeh was the exact source of the Salmonella contamination. Following the announcement, the supplier of the starter culture, Rockville, Maryland-based Tempeh Online (also known as indonesianfoodmart.com), issued a recall and quickly shut down all of its websites.” Source