The Wood Ear Mushroom Recall; Is Your Food Affected?
Upon discovering that their mushroom could lead to potential salmonella contamination, Wismettac Asians Foods Inc. announced the recall of its Shirakiku brand imported dried fungus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that dried fungus is widely known as wood ear mushrooms. It’s also called kikurage, dried black fungus, or Mu’er/Mu Er/Mu-Err.
“Once ingested, Salmonella can lead to serious or even fatal infections in young children, the elderly, and others with weak immune systems,” the FDA added. Meanwhile, for healthy individuals who are infected by Salmonella, they may suffer fever, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
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What You Need To Know
This recall includes 5-pound bags of dried fungus imported from China. These items have a Shirakiku brand Black Fungus (Kikurage) label with UPC code 00074410604305 and item #60403.
The CDC also clarified that these mushrooms weren’t sold directly to customers. The mushrooms were distributed to restaurants in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin, as well as British Columbia, Canada.
Moreover, at least 41 people allegedly fell sick after eating wood ear mushrooms in ramen served in ramen restaurants.
Furthermore, the said illnesses were reopened between Jan. 21 and Aug. 26. Out of the 41 infected people, four of them were transported to a hospital.
Due to this issue, traceback investigations have been implemented to know the source of the wood ear mushrooms eaten by the patients.
Also, the recalled mushrooms have been pulled out of distributions. The restaurateurs were also duly informed about the removal of the product from their kitchens.
For customers who may have additional queries, they can turn to Wismettac Asian Foods’ Food Safety Department by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor’s note on The Wood Ear Mushroom Recall:
This piece is to inform you about the recent Wood Ear Mushroom Recall.
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