CDC: Pregnant Women Should Avoid All Enoki Mushrooms from Korea

After a third brand of enoki mushrooms imported from Korea was recalled this week when a sample tested positive for a strain of Listeria linked to a deadly ongoing outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is cautioning pregnant women, seniors and those with weakened immune systems to avoid all enoki mushrooms imported from Korea.

Pregnant women are more 10 times more likely than the general population to contract Listeria infections. For pregnant Latina women, the risk is 24 times higher. And, when pregnant women do get sick, the infection can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and premature labor. Even when they only experience mild illness. In this outbreak, six of the 36 people sickened are pregnant women, two of whom suffered miscarriages.

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The three brands of enoki mushrooms that have been recalled in connection with this outbreak are Sun Hong, Guan’s and H&C Foods. In genetic tests performed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), samples from all three of these brands tested positive for the outbreak strain that was cultured from patients.

Genetic tests performed on samples of the product performed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were positive for the same strain of Listeria cultured from case-patients sickened.

The outbreak has sickened 36 people in 17 states. Thirty people were hospitalized, four people died. The patients, who range in age from less than 1 year to 97 years old, reported onset of symptoms on dates ranging from November 23, 2016 to December 13, 2019.

The number of illnesses reported from each state is: Arizona (2), California (9), Florida (2), Hawaii (3), Indiana (1), Kentucky (1), Massachusetts (2), Maryland (2) Michigan (1), Missouri (1), North Carolina (1), New Jersey (1), Nevada (1), New York (4), Rhode Island (1), Tennessee (1), and Virginia (3).

Enoki Mushroom Listeria Outbreak

Symptoms of a Listeria infection can take as long as 70 days to develop They include fever, headache, stiff neck muscle aches, abdominal cramps and diarrhea.

If you or a family member are part of this outbreak and would like a free consultation with an experienced Listeria lawyer, please contact us. Pritzker Hageman’s Listeria lawyers have successfully represented clients nationwide for over 20 years and won what is believed to be the largest-ever Listeria settlement in the U.S. Contact our experienced team today by calling 1(888) 377-8900 (toll-free), texting 612-261-0856 or by completing the form below.

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