Sun Hong Foods Inc. Mushrooms Listeria Lawyer Update: Listeria Outbreak Linked to Enoki Mushrooms.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on March 9, 2020, a recall on enoki mushrooms imported from Korea due to a potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recall was issued after the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development found that a sample of mushrooms sold by Sun Hong Foods Inc. tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The FDA also announced on the recall report that they have been working along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well local and state officials on an investigation concerning a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to enoki mushrooms.
As part of the investigation on the Listeria outbreak state and local officials interviewed the affected cases and at least 12 of them reported eating mushrooms, including enoki, Portobello, white, button, cremini, wood ear, maitake, and oyster before becoming ill. Through Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS), the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development discovered that the strain of Listeria monocytogenes found in the enoki mushrooms sold by Sun Hong Foods, Inc. was a genetic match for the same strain of listeria as the outbreak. The FDA has announced that a total of 36 cases have been linked to this listeria outbreak, 30 of them have been hospitalized and four deaths have been reported so far. Although the last known case of the outbreak was reported on December 13, 2019, the FDA is still advising consumers to avoid eating enoki mushrooms.
The Enoki mushrooms sold by Sun Hong Foods, Inc. were sold in the retailers J&L Supermarket, Jusgo Supermarket, ZTao Market, New Sang Supermarket, and Galleria Market. They were distributed in the states of California, Florida, Illinois, Oregon, and Texas. The recalled products could be purchased in 7.05 oz/200 g clear plastic packaging which has a green Sun Hong Foods, Inc. label on the back under the bar code, retailers and consumers can identify the products by the UPC: 7 426852 625810.
The FDA has stated that for their safety consumers should dispose of any enoki mushrooms from Sun Hong Inc. People who have eaten enoki mushrooms should stay vigilant for symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, and sometimes-gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. When the infection spreads to the nervous system symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance or convulsions can occur. Ron Simon, a National Listeria Lawyer, is advising people who have eaten the enoki mushrooms sold by Sun Hong Inc. and are experiencing symptoms of listeria to contact a medical health care provider and inform them of the potential listeria exposure.
For more information on the Sun Hong Foods Inc. Enoki mushrooms recall, to speak to Listeria Lawyer, or to inquire about a Listeria Lawsuit, call 1-800-335-4901.