March 10, 2020: Public Health Officials Investigating Mushroom Listeria Outbreak

Health Officials Alert Pubic To Mushroom Listeria Outbreak Investigation

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health officials are currently investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria infections (listeriosis) linked to eating enoki mushrooms. A total of 36 persons have been infected with Listeria across 17 states.  Thirty hospitalizations and 4 deaths have been reported.

News of the Listeria mushroom outbreak investigation was reported shortly after Sun Hong Foods, Inc. announced a Mushroom Recall for all enoki mushrooms imported from Korea (Republic of Korea), for potential Listeria contamination. The company recalled the product after the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development found that a sample of these mushrooms tested positive for Listeria.

Mushroom Listeria Outbreak Information

On March 10, 2020, the FDA reported the following mushroom Listeria outbreak facts:

  • 36 persons have been infected with Listeria across 17 states. The number of cases by state is as follows: AZ (2), CA (9), FL (2), HI (3), IN (1), KY (1), MA (2), MD (2), MI (1), MO (1), NC (1), NJ (1), NV (1), NY (4), RI (1), TN (1), VA (3).
  • Thirty hospitalizations and 4 deaths have been reported.
  • Illness Onset Date Range: November 23, 2016 – December 13, 2019
  • The Listeria found in the enoki mushrooms distributed by Sun Hong Foods, Inc., was determined, by whole genome sequencing, to be a genetic match to the Listeria outbreak strain when tested by Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Mushroom Listeria Outbreak – FDA Advice For Consumers                       

The FDA has provided retailers and consumers with advice to follow during the current mushroom Listeria outbreak.

  • “Consumers should not eat the recalled mushrooms, and should also check their refrigerators and throw away any recalled enoki mushrooms from Sun Hong Foods, Inc.
  • Restaurants and retailers should not sell or serve recalled enoki mushrooms distributed by Sun Hong Foods, Inc.
  • Consumers, restaurants, retailers, and high risk groups should discard and not eat, sell, or serve enoki mushrooms if they cannot tell where they came from.
  • At this time, high risk groups, including the elderly, people with weakened immune systems or chronic diseases, pregnant women and their newborn babies, should not eat enoki mushrooms from Korea (Republic of Korea), even if they were not part of the Sun Hong Foods, Inc. recall.”

Please see About Listeria to learn more about Listeria and Listeria Food Poisoning.

Mushroom Listeria Outbreak Product Recall Information

Mushroom Listeria Outbreak - Product Recall
Mushroom Listeria Outbreak – Product Recall

On March 9, 2020, Sun Hong Foods, Inc. announced a Mushroom Recall for all enoki mushrooms imported from Korea (Republic of Korea).

Sun Hong Foods, Inc. enoki mushrooms were sold in 7.05 oz / 200 g clear plastic packaging with a green label. Sun Hong Foods, Inc. is labeled on the back of the packaging underneath the bar code, and bear the UPC code: 7 426852 625810.

The recalled mushrooms were sold to distributors in California, Florida, Illinois, Oregon, and Texas, and to the following retailers: J&L Supermarket, Jusgo Supermarket, ZTao Market, New Sang Supermarket, and Galleria Market. The product could have been distributed further, reaching additional states and retail locations.

Please see Mushroom Listeria Outbreak and Recall for FDA notice.

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If you or a loved one are diagnosed with listeriosis, are awaiting medical confirmation of Listeria food poisoning, or have a question regarding your legal rights, you can request a free Listeria Lawsuit case evaluation by contacting The Weinberg Law Firm toll free at 877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7.

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