WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explained that another batch of enoki mushrooms must be recalled due to the high risk that someone who consumes the food could contract Listeria monocytogenes, most often just called Listeria. Enoki mushrooms are produced in South Korea and have been responsible for at least four deaths and dozens of hospitalizations, according to an article appearing on Slashgear.com. The second recall announcement from the FDA relates to enoki mushrooms produced by Guan’s Mushroom Company, which is based in California but sells South Korean enoki mushrooms across the U.S., including in Pennsylvania, New York, and California.
The FDA said in an advisory statement that Guan’s Mushroom Company must recall its 7.05-ounce boxes of enoki mushroom after routine testing discovered one of the packages contained Listeria. The presence of the bacterium forced the FDA and Guan’s Mushroom Company to recall an entire lot of the product.
Consumers could identify the recalled mushrooms from Guan’s Mushroom Company by information on the food’s packaging. The name of the mushrooms appears in three languages — Korean, French, and English. Also, the UPC for the product is on the packaging as well. The number for the recalled mushrooms is 859267007013. Finally, the packing code for the recalled lots is 14-1. Consumers can find that number in the bottom right corner of the packaging.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause a deadly infection after the victim eats the contaminated food. Like many infections, the people who at the highest risk of sustaining life-threatening health problems from Listeria food poisoning are typically older, have health problems, are pregnant, or are very young.
The FDA said that no illness might be traced back to Guan’s Mushroom Company’s recalled lot of enoki mushrooms. Any consumer who bought a package of recalled mushrooms that remains intact may return them for a refund, or they could discard the contaminated mushrooms properly.
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