Enoki Mushrooms Recalled Over Listeria ConcernsFeb 3, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP In a second recall this week over concerns about products contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes pathogen, enoki mushrooms are being recalled. Web MD reported that the Phillips Mushroom Farms of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania is recalling 3.5 ounce, 4 ounce, and 1 pound packages of enoki mushrooms because they may be contaminated with the dangerous, and often deadly, bacterium.
Enoki are white mushrooms, with long stems and small caps and are usually sold in clusters. Enoki mushrooms, according to the Phillips Mushroom Farms' website, can also be called snow or winter mushrooms. According to a Phillips Mushroom Farms news release, no illnesses have been reported, to date.
The Phillips Mushroom Farms' Enoki Mushroom recall includes packages of enoki mushrooms sold under various brand names in the United States and Canada that were sold between January 13 and 30, reported Web MD:
The following recalled Enoki mushrooms were sold in clear plastic bags with blue, green, or red panels:
- PMF 3.5 ounce green bag with UPC 33383 67540
- Phillips Enoki 3.5 ounce blue bag with UPC 33383 67540
- Phillips Enoki 1 pound bulk bag; food service distribution only
- Mr. Mushroom 4 ounce red and green bags with UPC 33383 67543
The following recalled Enoki mushrooms were sold in 3.5 ounce plastic containers and wrapped in plastic film:
- Phillips Enoki UPC 33383 67541
- Organic Phillips Enoki with UPC 21706 67363
- Publix Enoki with UPC 41415 03186
- Giorgio Enoki with UPC 33383 67451
- Moonlight Mushroom Enoki with UPC 33383 67540
- Pennsylvania Dutchman Enoki with UPC 33383 67451
- Fresh Obsession with UPC 69200 00916
- Country Fresh Enoki with UPC 33383 67541
- Monterey Gourmet Enoki with UPC 37102 67820
- Elite Enoki with UPC 34635 41866
Meanwhile, the Vancouver Sun is also reporting that The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a warning to consumers not to eat Fresh Obsessions brand Enoki mushrooms over fears they could be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. In that case, the have been distributed through Metro stores across Ontario and were sold in 99 gram packages with UPC 69200 00916 9. All codes are affected by this alert. The contaminated mushrooms were also grown by Phillips Mushroom Farms in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, which describes itself as the largest producer of specialty mushrooms in the United States.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause illness in humans and is responsible for an estimated 2,500 illnesses in the United States annually, with about 200 in every 1,000 cases resulting in death. Listeriosis, the illness caused by the listeria bacteria, can take days, even weeks, to develop and can present in anything from a mild flu-like illness to meningitis and septicemia. In pregnant women, spontaneous abortion, miscarriage, or the birth of an infected child can occur. Those whose immune systems are compromised—such as people with HIV/AIDs or patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment—the very young, and the very old are also at particular risk for listeriosis contamination and illness.
Med MD reported that consumers should return the recalled enoki mushrooms to the place of purchase for a full refund. Phillips Mushroom Farms can be reached toll-free at 800-722-8818.