Jacksonville nurse Mary Ann Hurtado has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in North Carolina against Smiling Hara Tempeh and Tempeh Online after she contracted salmonella poisoning from a soybean cake called tempeh.
According to the lawsuit, Hurtado was vacationing in Asheville when she consumed tainted tempeh from a local restaurant on March 19. Within two days, the suit alleges, Hurtado suffered cramps and then vomiting, diarrhea, shaking, and headache. She was hospitalized on March 25 for three days, where it was discovered she had contracted salmonella poisoning and was told she had to stop working with her patients.
According to the lawsuit, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services found a link between unpasteurized tempeh made by Smiling Hara Tempeh and salmonella, and at least 88 people were sickened by the tainted cakes.
The Florida Times-Union reports that Smiling Hara Tempeh voluntarily recalled of all tempeh products made between January 11 and April 11, 2012. The reported source of the tempeh starter culture for the cakes is Tempeh Online.