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Mushroom recall in US expands: What you need to know

A few days ago, the FDA highlighted a new mushroom recall in the United States, which was joined by a second similar recall from a different company. As with the first recall, this second involves enoki mushrooms that have been potentially contaminated with listeria, a pathogen that can cause serious illness in some vulnerable people.

The new recall comes from Golden Medal Mushrooms, which sells products collected under the same name. The collected mushrooms were distributed by some states and sold at retailers in the USA – they are packaged in 7.05 ounce (200g) containers that include the label “Enoki Mushroom” and “Product from Korea”.

Routine tests in Michigan revealed possible contamination by listeria; as you would expect, consumers who bought the mushrooms are told not to eat them and instead to discard them or take them back to the store where they were purchased for a refund. Full identification details, including UPC, can be found in the recall notice.

The company has not received any reports of illnesses related to the recall. Eating foods contaminated with listeria can result in a disease that normally disappears in a short period of time in healthy adults, but which can be serious or fatal in vulnerable groups: the elderly, children and people with compromised immune systems.

The new recall comes two days after Guan’s Mushrooms Co announced a similar recall of enoki mushrooms over potential listeria contamination. This recall also involves 7.05 ounce containers, although they are marked as a product from China instead of Korea. The source of potential contamination is unclear.

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