Recall alert: Listeria concerns prompt Golden Medal Mushroom recall

LOS ANGELES — Golden Medal Mushroom Inc. on Friday recalled select sized packages of its Enoki mushrooms after regulators detected the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

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The recalled products were imported from China and distributed by Golden Medal Mushroom through produce distributors or wholesalers to retail stores in Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas.

Per the recall, the affected Enoki mushrooms were sold in 7.05-ounce packages with a universal product code of 6953150100684 and in 5.25-ounce packages with a UPC of 6953150110157.

All affected products were available in stores by Jan. 4, 2022, and were part of Lot No. 300511, the recall notice stated.

To date, Los Angeles-based Golden Medal Mushrooms has fielded no reports of illnesses linked to the recall.

The potential for contamination was discovered after routine testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a 7.05-ounce package of Enoki. Distribution of the product has been suspended, the recall notice stated.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, which can result in serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeriosis can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, the recall notice stated.

Consumers are advised to discard of or return affected Enoki mushrooms to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with question may contact the company at 323-720-9126, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST.

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