Food Poisoning Symptoms Not Just For Meat Eaters

May 7, 2012

Reports of food poisoning symptoms have now been traced back to tempeh, a soy based protein often found in vegetarian and vegan cuisine.

The company, Smiling Hara Tempeh, has voluntarily recalled their product after a surge in cases of Salmonella poisonings. Recalled products are marked with best buy dates between July 11 and October 25. The product is mostly distributed around North Carolina.

News of another Salmonella outbreak comes after a nationwide recall of tuna scrape, which has been linked to over 200 cases of food poisoning symptoms.

As a reminder, food poisoning symptoms include:

  • Stomach/Abdominal Pain
  • Nausea, Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever


Cooking food through can kill Salmonella, but it’s still best to follow the advice of recalls just in case.

Past cases of food poisoning symptoms have been traced to foods like melons, peanut butter, and pork. One contaminated surface in packaging facilities can lead to the spread of food poisoning symptoms to hundred of consumers—and the same rule applies to homes: raw meat can be a source of disease if not handled properly.

Bacteria that cause food poisoning symptoms and even staph infection can be spread by raw meat. If you like meat that is raw or not cooked through, it’s important to pay attention to the source of the meat, and to remember that there’s still a chance for disease and be mindful of food poisoning symptoms anyway.

Food poisoning symptoms can last for as little as a few hours to a few weeks, and can lead to severe symptoms of dehydration (especially in people with weakened immune systems).

Is it just me, or has there been an increase in the number of food recalls this last year? (Hopefully this is the last incident for a while!)

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