Updated April 22, 2022 to include another recall. Imported enoki mushrooms, the source of a fatal Listeria outbreak in 2020, are under recall for Listeria risk. Multiple brands have been recalled. Consumers who purchase enoki mushrooms should check recall information carefully as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriage and stillbirth.
Enoki mushrooms are sometimes called by other names including enokitake, golden needle, futu and lily mushrooms.
Seven enoki mushroom Listeria recalls and two recall expansions have recently been issued. Each of them is for imported mushrooms, all of them from different counties -China, Taiwan, and Korea. Detailed retail distribution information has not yet been provided, but we do know that these products were sold at retail stores in California.
- Imported from Korea.
- Labeled “Global Fresh Marketing Mushrooms”
- 200g/7.05oz clear plastic packages.
- UPC 809728-95012
- Labeled “TWA AGRICULTURE MIXED MUSHROOMS”
- 14.11-oz packages
- UPC 6957937481850
- Imported from Taiwan
- 200g/7.05oz packages
- Sold 3/1/22-3/16/22
- UPC Code 848180019661
- Imported from China,
- 5.25oz (150g) and 200g(7.5oz)
- UPC 825382736718, 825382736947
- Sold 1/18/22 – 2/16/22
- UPC 825382736947
- Lot #6021053
- 7.5 oz (200g)
- Imported from Korea
- 5.25oz (150g) packages
- UPC barcode number 001958939091
- Lot code 045633
- Imported from Taiwan
- Sold in 200g/7.05oz clear plastic packages
- UPC 8 51084 00835 8 appears on the backside of a package
- Expanded to include all lots
- Imported from China
- Sold in 200g/7.05-ounce vacuum-sealed plastic packages
- Expanded to include all lot codes
- In April 2021, the company issued a Listeria recall for enoki mushrooms imported from Korea.
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2020 Enoki Mushroom Listeria Outbreak
A 2020 Listeria outbreak linked to enoki mushrooms imported from Korea sickened 36 people, four people died. The outbreak, which included 17 states, was linked to enoki mushrooms imported from Korea by Sun Hong Foods Inc.
Thirty people were hospitalized. Six of the people sickened were pregnant women, two of whom suffered miscarriages.
Listeria Poses Heightened Risk to Pregnant Women
Pregnant women are 10 times more likely than the general population to contract Listeria infections. For pregnant Latina women, the risk of contracting listeriosis is 24 times higher. When pregnant women do get sick, the infection can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and premature labor, even if they experience only mild symptoms.
Symptoms of a Listeria infection include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, other muscle stiffness, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. These symptoms, which can take as long as 70 days to develop, are sometimes preceded by gastrointestinal symptoms including nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
Each year, about 1,600 Americans contract listeriosis. Pregnant women account for about one-sixth of all cases. More than 90 percent of cases require hospitalization. For about 20 percent of patients, the infection proves fatal.
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If you or a family member were sickened by food contaminated with Listeria and would like a free consultation with an experienced Listeria lawyer, please contact us. Pritzker Hageman’s Listeria Legal Team. We have successfully represented clients nationwide for over 40 years. We have won millions for our clients including what is believed to be the largest-ever Listeria settlement in the U.S.
UPDATE This post was originally published February 11, 2022, and updated March 22, 2022, to include two more recalls.
UPDATE This post was updated on March 27 to include two more recalls.
UPDATE This post was updated on April 22 to include another recall.