Dried Fungus by Wismettac Asian Foods Recalled for Potential Salmonella Contamination
A recall has been initiated for Dried Fungus, commonly called Black Fungus or Kikurage, from Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc., of Santa Fe Springs, California, for potential Salmonella contamination. The dried fungus is typically used in Chinese food dishes as a substitute for mushrooms. The California Health Department initiated the recall after finding traces of Salmonella bacteria during routine food safety testing. An investigation is currently determining the source and breadth of the outbreak, including if additional products need to be recalled. The recalled fungus was sold under the name “Black Fungus (Kikurage)” in 5 LB quantities with UPC code 00074410604035 and affected lot code #60403. The product was distributed to restaurants in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington DC, 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, Wisconsin and British Columbia in Canada. Consumers can contact Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. regarding any questions over the outbreak at [email protected].
Symptoms of salmonellosis, the infection caused by Salmonella bacteria, include typical food poisoning symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and cramping, though some have also reported nausea, vomiting, and a headache. According to the CDC, symptoms of a Salmonella infection typically begin 1 to 3 days after ingesting the bacteria, though some report symptoms as early as 6 hours and as late as 6 days after ingestion. The majority of people recover from the infection without treatment, though those with a severe infection may need a treatment of antibiotics. People with weakened immune system, the elderly, pregnant women, and children, are more at risk for a severe infection. Some patients may need to be hospitalized due to dehydration from excessive diarrhea or due to the severity of their gastroenteritis. If you believe you are suffering from Salmonella poisoning, contact your doctor for the best course of treatment.