Enoki Mushroom Listeria Outbreak: 36 Sick, 4 Dead

A Listeria outbreak linked to Enoki mushrooms from Sun Hong Foods Inc. in Korea has sickened 36 people in 17 states. Four people have died. Among those sickened are six pregnant women two of whom suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth.

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Sun Hong Foods issued a recall for the mushrooms on March 9, 2020, after the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development found that a sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The mushrooms, also known as enokitake, golden needle, futu, or lily mushrooms, were sold in 7.05-ounce clear plastic packages bearing the UPC number 7 426852 625810.

The recalled mushrooms were sold in California, Florida, Illinois, Oregon, and Texas at J&L Supermarket, Jusgo Supermarket, ZTao Market, New Sang Supermarket, and Galleria Market. Consumers who have purchased these mushrooms should not eat them because, as this outbreak sadly shows, Listeria can cause serious illness and death.

Symptoms of a Listeria infection, which can take as long as 70 days to develop, include fever, headache, stiff neck muscle aches, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Pregnant women are at special risk for Listeria as they are more likely than the general population to contract these infections and suffer miscarriage, stillbirth, and premature labor when they do.

The people sickened in this outbreak, 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. Fifty-eight percent of them are female. Thirty people were hospitalized. The four fatalities were reported from California, Hawaii, and New Jersey.

The number of cases 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

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 40 years. We have won millions for our clients including pregnant women who suffered serious injury and loss and won for them what is believed to be the largest-ever Listeria settlement in the U.S. Contact us today by calling 1(888) 377-8900 (toll-free), texting 612-261-0856 or by completing the form below.


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