Salmonella concerns over tempeh yeast products

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 28th May 2012

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has issued a warning to consumers and food businesses not to use or sell two direct mail order products labelled, Tempeh Starter Yeast and Super Starter Yeast.

The products have been recalled in the US because there have been reported cases of salmonellosis associated with consumption of Tempeh (a fermented bean product) made with the recalled yeast products.

Salmonellosis can be a serious foodborne illness, especially in young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhoea.

FSANZ has been notified that these products have been distributed internationally by a US-based company,, including to Australia via direct mail order or online.

The products were sold in sealed, clear plastic packages that bear a small computer printed label in the following sizes: 30gm, 50gm, 250gm and 1000gm.

FSANZ is advising anyone who may have purchased these products not to use them and to discard them.