H&C Food Inc., Guan’s Mushroom Co., and Sun Hong Foods have been told to recall all Korean enoki mushrooms because of contamination with Listeria. The Food and Drug Administration advises everyone to dispose of the mushrooms to avoid illnesses related to the bacteria.
Listeria Health Concerns
Listeriosis is a serious infection that’s caused by eating food contaminated with the listeria bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Statistics from the CDC estimate that 1,600 people are diagnosed with listeriosis annually, and of those, roughly 260 die. It’s advisable to consult a health care professional if you or a loved one experiences any of the symptoms associated with listeriosis:
- Muscle aches
- Gastrointestinal issues
These symptoms can appear a few days to a few weeks after eating the contaminated food. The elderly, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk of experiencing severe symptoms from exposure to the listeria bacteria, and extreme caution should be used by individuals who are susceptible to extreme gastrointestinal reactions.
If You Believe You Have Been Affected
It’s recommended that consumers and restaurants that may have come in contact with enoki mushrooms conduct deep cleaning on all surfaces where the mushrooms may have been. Deep cleaning will prevent cross-contamination to the public and prevent the bacteria from spreading.
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