Guan’s Mushroom Company of Commerce, California, is recalling all cases of its 200g/7.05-ounce packages of Enoki mushrooms because they have the potential to be contaminated with listeria bacteria. The recalled mushrooms were distributed from California, New York and Pennsylvania through produce distributors or wholesalers to retail stores all over the country.
What we Know About the Recall
The Enoki mushrooms, which are products of China, come in a 200g/7.05-oz clear plastic packaging with the description “Enoki Mushroom” in English, Korean and French and Guan’s logo on the front. At the back, the packages have the UPC code: 810023170303. Product code is RY3428A or RY3434A in the front bottom. The products are shipped in a white cardboard box with 25 pieces of 200 grams.
So far, no illnesses have been reported because of the contamination. The potential for contamination with listeria was first noted after routine testing conducted by Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed the presence of the bacteria. The distribution of these products has been suspended. Consumers who have purchased 200g packages of Enoki are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, call the company at 323-223-1188.
This is not the first recall to involve Enoki mushrooms. Last year, four people died and 30 others were hospitalized after consuming the mushrooms imported from Korea, which was contaminated with listeria. Those mushrooms were recalled by Sun Hong Foods in March 2020. In that case, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received 36 reports of listeria infections from 17 states. Six cases involved pregnant women two of whom miscarried.
What You Can Do
Some of the common symptoms of listeria include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, fever, muscle aches and convulsions. Listeriosis could also lead to serious consequences such as miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery or life-threatening infection for the newborn child. Symptoms typically begin one to four weeks after consuming the tinted food.
If you have developed a listeria infection as the result of a food product contaminated by the bacteria, make sure you isolate the leftover food so no one else in your household consumes it. Be sure to get prompt medical attention, treatment and care for your illness as soon as possible, and follow the doctor’s orders for treatment and care.
If you are diagnosed with listeriosis, have the leftover food tested independently in a laboratory to check for the presence of pathogens. Report your illness to your local health care agency, which tends to track trends in food-borne illnesses. Contact an experienced food poisoning lawyer who can help you secure compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress.