Organic Enoki mushrooms recalled nationwide because of risk of Listeria

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Marquis Worldwide Specialty Inc. of City of Industry, CA, is recalling all of its “Organic Enoki Mushroom” 200-gram packages because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. 

Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled, according to the company’s recall notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration.

Marquis Worldwide distributed the mushrooms nationwide and they reached consumers through retail stores and produce wholesalers.

The 200-gram individual plastic packages are clear on top and orange on the bottom part. It has “Conah Organic enoki mushroom” written on the front.

“The mushroom is white and has almost no smell. As it is vegetable, it does not have a clear date of expiration,” according to the recall notice.

As of the posting of the notice no confirmed illnesses had been reported in connection with the enoki 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 company 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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