Salmonella finding prompts recall of dried, imported, edible fungus

Salmonella finding prompts recall of dried, imported, edible fungus

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A California company has initiated a recall for imported dried fungus because state officials found Salmonella in the food product.

Wismettac Asian Foods Inc., Santa Fe Springs, CA, is recalling Shirakiku brand imported dried fungus, also known as black fungus or kikurage, from restaurants in 31 states, the District of Columbia and one Canadian province.

The recall comes following the California Department of Public Health’s discovery of the presence of Salmonella in the product. The manufacturer has been made aware of the issue, and is conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the issue so corrections can be implemented, according to a recall notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration.

Officials with Wismettac Asian Foods Inc. reported distributing the fungus to restaurants in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington DC, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and British Columbia in Canada.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at [email protected].

Item NumberItem DescriptionPack SizeUPC CodeProduct Lot CodePackage Photo
#60403BLACK FUNGUS (KIKURAGE) 5LB5 LB00074410
604035
All Lots with Item #60403 on the packageClick here

About Salmonella infections
Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria does not usually look, smell, or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection. Infants, children, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile, according to the CDC.

Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled product and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. Sick people should tell their doctors about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria because special tests are necessary to diagnose salmonellosis. Salmonella infection symptoms can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnosis.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Otherwise, healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients require hospitalization.

Older adults, children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop a severe illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions.

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