2022 Enoki Mushroom Listeria Outbreak

Enoki mushrooms are again the source of a Listeria outbreak that includes serious illnesses. In 2020, a Listeria outbreak linked to enoki mushrooms imported from Korea sickened 36 people, four of whom died.

The current outbreak includes two illnesses from two states, Nevada and Michigan. Both patients, males ages 30 and 42, have been hospitalized.

Did You Get a Listeria Infection from Enoki Mushrooms ?

In interviews with health officials, both patients said they ate enoki mushrooms or restaurant food containing enoki mushrooms before they became ill last month. Their samples were collected and submitted for testing between October 5 and October 8, 2022.

Enoki mushroom Listeria

2020 Enoki Mushroom Listeria Outbreak

In 2020, a Listeria outbreak linked to enoki mushrooms imported from Korea sickened 36 people, four of whom died. Thirty-one people were hospitalized. Six of the patients were pregnant women, two of whom suffered miscarriages.

Import Alert

After the deadly 2020 outbreak, the FDA stepped up its testing of enoki mushrooms imported from Korea. For the fiscal year that ended September 30, 2021, 43 percent of the enoki mushrooms sampled from the Republic of Korea, were contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

From March 2020 through May 2022, health officials from various states increased testing of enoki mushrooms purchased at retail stores. This led to 21 recalls for Listeria contamination. Nine of those were for enoki mushrooms grown in the Republic of Korea. During that same period, 31 of 93 samples analyzed by the FDA were contaminated. Of the 29 Korean companies that shipped enoki mushrooms, 12 had shipped contaminated products.

Based on those findings, the FDA issued a country-wide ban on enoki mushrooms from Korea. In the import alert issued July 1, 2022, the FDA said, “enoki mushrooms imported from the Republic of Korea appear to be adulterated under section 801(a)(3) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act), because they appear to contain Listeria monocytogenes, an added poisonous or deleterious substance that may render food injurious to health within the meaning of section 402(a)(1) of the FD&C Act.”

Is There a Recall?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a recall has not yet been issued in conjunction with this outbreak. However, there was an enoki mushroom Listeria recall announced today. Green Day Produce Inc. of Vernon, CA issued a recall for 200g/ 7.05oz packages of enoki mushrooms sold from September 2022 – October 2022. Strangely, these enoki mushrooms were imported from Korea.

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