Qilu brand enoki mushrooms have been recalled for Listeria. Consumers who have purchased these mushrooms should not eat them as Listeria can cause severe illness and death. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriage and stillbirth
The recalled mushrooms are:
- Packaged in 7.05 ounce (200 gram) plastic bags
- Have UPC code 928918-610109
- Have expiration notice of “Exp: October 26, 2023”
- Were distributed to stores in New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, and West Virginia by Utopia Produce of Glendale, NY
Utopia Linked to Enoki Mushroom Listeria Outbreak Earlier This Year
Enoki mushrooms are frequently recalled for Listeria and have been linked to outbreaks of illness. In fact, Utopia was linked to an enoki mushroom Listeria outbreak that ended earlier this year. Five people who ate the mushrooms imported from China were sickened. All of them were hospitalized.
Symptoms of a Listeria Infection
People who have eaten these mushrooms should monitor themselves for symptoms of a Listeria infection which usually develop within 24 hours after exposure but can take as long as 70 days to appear.
They include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, and other muscle aches, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. Sometimes these symptoms are preceded by gastrointestinal symptoms. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.
Listeria can cause severe infections among: