Nationwide recall of organic mushrooms initiated because of Listeria risks

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Although company officials did not report how the contamination was discovered, Marquis Worldwide Speciality Inc. is recalling its organic enoki mushrooms because of concerns about Listeria monocytogenes.

The company in Industry, CA, is warning consumers to throw away the fresh mushrooms even if they don’t look or smell spoiled, according to the firm’s recall notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration.

The recall notice states the product “does not have a clear date of expiration” because “it is a vegetable.” No identifying codes are on the packaging.

Marquis Worldwide Speciality distributed the enoki mushrooms nationwide to produce wholesalers and retailers.

The 200-gram plastic packages that are clear on the top and orange on the bottom. The packages have “Conah Organic enoki mushroom” written on the front of the packages.

The mushroom packages have the USDA’s organic seal printed on them.

According to the company, no illnesses have been reported in relation to the recalled mushrooms.

“We are investigating to determine where contamination occurred. Consumers who have purchased 200g packages of ‘Conah Organic Enoki Mushroom’ are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.” According to the recall notice. 

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 626-810-6426.

About Listeria infections
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any recalled mushrooms and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled mushrooms should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

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