Jan Fruits of Vernon, CA has issued a Listeria recall for enoki mushrooms imported from Taiwan. The recalled mushrooms were distributed to retail stores by California produce distributors and wholesalers.
This is the second enoki mushroom Listeria recall issued this month. Last week, Golden Medal Mushroom Inc. of Los Angeles has issued a recall for enoki mushrooms imported from China.
Consumers who have recently purchased enoki mushrooms should check recall information carefully as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriage and stillbirth.
Symptoms of a Listeria infection, which can take as long as 70 days to develop, include high fever, stiff neck, other muscle stiffness, loss of balance, confusion, and convulsions. Sometimes these symptoms are preceded by nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea.
The recalled mushrooms distributed by Jan Fruits were sold in 200g/7.05oz clear plastic packages printed with the following information:
- “Taiwan Best Quality Enoki Natural Mushroom***Manufacturer: Changhua County Mushrooms Production Cooperative”
- “Distributor Jan Fruits Inc.” in English.
- “Premium” appears in green lettering alongside two QR scan codes
- UPC 8 51084 00835 8 appears on the backside of a package
The problem was discovered by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) which collected and analyzed a 7.05-oz package of the mushrooms. Test results revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.
At the time of the recall, the company was not aware of any illnesses associated with the product. Distribution has been suspended.
In 2020, a Listeria outbreak was linked to enoki mushrooms imported from Korea by other companies. The outbreak included 36 illnesses in 17 states. Six of the outbreak patients were pregnant women, two of them suffered miscarriages. Four people died.