Michigan tests find Listeria in mushroom sample from China

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Los Angeles-based Golden Medal Mushroom Inc. is recalling all cases of its 200g/7.05oz and 150g/5.25oz packages of Enoki Mushrooms (Product of China) this weekend because they may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled mushrooms were distributed in the Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas areas through product distributors or wholesalers to retail stores prior to 4/1/2022 and the affected lot number is 300511.

The Enoki is available in 200g/7.05oz, UPC: 6953150100684 and 150g/5.25oz UPC: 6953150110157. The product is packaged in a vacuum sealed plastic bag with a transparent top and bottom has a black background.

The product is “Product of China” and there is no English translation on the label. There are no trade names or addresses printed on the packages.

There are no reported illnesses associated with the recall.

The potential for contamination was discovered after routine testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a 200 gram packet of Enoki. Distribution of the product has been suspended.

About Listeria Infections

Foods contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell tainted, but can still cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. Anyone who has consumed a recalled product and develops symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical attention and inform their physician of possible exposure to Listeria.

In addition, anyone who has consumed any of the recalled products should self-monitor for symptoms of food poisoning within the next few weeks, as it may take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis develop.

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle pain, severe headache, and stiff neck. Specific laboratory tests are needed to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people like cancer patients with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk for serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women have only mild flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, newborn infection, or even stillbirth.

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