TAMPA, Fla. — Cases of enoki mushrooms are being recalled because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The bacteria can cause life-threatening illnesses.
Consumers are warned not to eat or cook the mushrooms even if they do not look or smell spoiled.
Samples of the product tested by the State of Michigan tested positive for Listeria. Authorities report four deaths and 30 hospitalizations due to eating the mushrooms.
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Enoki mushrooms are white, with long stems and small caps. They are normally sold refrigerated in clusters.
Sun Hong Foods of Montebello, California, says the mushrooms were distributed to seven states including Florida. They were packaged in a white cardboard box.
There are 25 clear plastic bags with green panels in box. The labels on the front of bags have four characters in korean with Enoki Mushrooms in orange front.
Stores that may carry Sun Hong Foods products include J&L Supermarket, Jusgo Supermarket, ZTao Market, New Sang Supermraket, Galleria Market and any Asian-food store.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious or fatal infections, especially young children, frail or elderly people, or those with weakened immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Anyone who purchased Sun Hong Foods Enoki Mushrooms are asked to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at (323) 597-1112, Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PST and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST.