FOOD SAFETY NEWS – The December recall of those Listeria-contaminated mushrooms imported from China was expanded on Friday.
Utopia Foods Inc of Glendale, NY made the expanded recall announcement of more of the 200g packages of “Enoki Mushrooms”, imported from China, with clear and blue plastic packages with clear markings of “Best before 03/02/2023” or “Best before 03.09.23.
The recalled “Enoki Mushrooms” were distributed in NY, NJ, and CT to produce wholesale companies from Jan. 6 to Jan. 13, 2023. Utopia Foods says “they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.” No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The distribution of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue to investigate the source of the potential contamination. No illnesses have yet been associated with the recall.
All vendors who have distributed the 200g packages of “Enoki Mushrooms” should immediately cease the distribution and notify their customers of the recall and recall instructions. If their customers have further distributed the product notify them to instruct their customers. Consumers who have purchased the item are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a refund.
“Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness.”
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PREVIOUSLY ON HEADLINE HEALTH:
Enoki Mushrooms: Commercially cultivated in North America [why buy imports?]
There is no reason for an consumer to by food imported from China. – HH
SOUTH MILL CHAMPS – Now these little mushrooms are always worth a second look! Enoki mushrooms (Flammulina veluptipes) are recognized by their long slender stems and cute small button caps. They are definitely one of the more unique varieties of mushroom.
Find enoki mushrooms packaged in clusters that range from 6-7 inches long. They can vary in color from pure white to golden.
Once native to China, Japan, and the Korean peninsula, they are now commercially cultivated in North America.
The enoki mushroom has garnered many regional names that include Golden Needle, Lily Mushrooms, Velvet Foot, Enoko-take, and Enokitake. In China, this variety is usually called Jingu, Nim Kim Châm in Vietnam, and Paengi Beoseot on the Korean peninsula.
Widely used in Asian cuisine, they offer a delicate, yet-firm texture with a slight crunch. Its subtle flavor makes it a versatile mushroom that can be included raw in salads as well as cooked. Enoki mushrooms generally keep well when refrigerated for upwards of two weeks. They can be stored in their original shrink-wrapped packages in the refrigerator. Once opened, store any remaining mushrooms in a brown paper bag.