Company recalls imported mushrooms after state test found Listeria monocytogenes
T Fresh Company of City of Industry, CA is recalling its Yes brand enoki mushrooms due to contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recalled mushrooms are packaged in 5.25 ounce and 7.5 ounce plastic containers and were grown in China. The contamination was discovered through testing by the California Department of Public Health, according to the company’s recall notice issued by the Food and Drug Administration.
It is likely that the mushrooms are no longer in mainstream commerce as the company has reported that only Yes brand mushrooms purchased between January 18 and February 16 are subject to the recall. Enoki mushrooms are white, have stringy stems and small caps.
However, people can still get sick because it can take up to 70 days after exposure for symptoms of Listeria infection to appear.
5.25 ounce packages can be identified by searching for lot #6021053. 7.5 oz packages can be identified by searching for lot # 6021052. UPC barcode numbers are 825382736718 for 5.25 oz packages and 825382736947 for 7.5 oz packages, with no other codes on both sizes.
Fresh T distributed the recalled mushrooms in California and Texas to retail stores through product distributors.
“Distribution of the product has been suspended. No infections or illnesses have been reported or confirmed. Consumers who purchased our enoki mushrooms are asked to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund purchased between January 18, 2022 and February 16, 2022 for both items,” according to the company’s recall notice.
“Mushrooms are mushrooms, which means that they are neither vegetables nor fruits. Consumers should never eat raw mushrooms. All surfaces, utensils or containers used for the preparation of mushrooms must be separated from other food to avoid cross-contamination.
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 ate it recalledproduced and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical attention and inform their physician of possible exposure to Listeria.
Additionally, anyone who has consumed any of the recalled products should monitor their symptoms over the next few weeks, as it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to 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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