A North Carolina gastroenteritis outbreak that was traced to tempeh contaminated with a rare Salmonella strain resulted in 89 reported cases, including 8 patients who were hospitalized.
Researchers writing in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases said the implicated pathogen, Salmonella enterica serovar Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+), had a DNA fingerprint pattern that previously had not been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national database of enteric pathogen strains.
Contaminated Starter Culture Lands Tempeh at Center of Outbreak. JAMA. 2013;310(16):1667. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.279079
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