Sun Hong Foods, Inc. Recalls Enoki Mushrooms due to Presence of Listeria Monocytogenes
On March 9, 2020, Sun Hong Foods, Inc. and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall on all cases of Sun Hong brand Enoki Mushrooms supplied by Korea with a net weight of 7.05 oz/200g due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
Listeria monocytogenes are a potentially harmful bacterium which can cause a serious infection known as Listeriosis. An estimated 1,600 people contract Listeriosis every year, resulting in about 260 deaths. Listeriosis presents the greatest threat to anyone with a weakened immune system such as the elderly, young, or chronically ill individuals. Furthermore, Listeriosis poses a particular threat to pregnant women. Although pregnant women usually experience mild onset of the illness, it can cause severe illness for the child in utero, sometimes resulting in a miscarriage.
Sun Hong Foods, Inc. is located at 1105 W Olympic Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640. The products of concern were shipped to Texas, California, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, and Florida. The stores which carry Sung Hong brand are Asian Supermarket, J&L Supermarket, Jusgo Supermarket, ZTao Market, New Sang Supermarket, Galleria Market. Enoki Mushrooms have long stems and small caps. The packaging for the recalled Enoki mushrooms is a clear plastic bag with green panels and Korean labeling. The products of concern are labeled with Sun Hung Foods brand. They come in 7.05 oz/200g clusters, sold in refrigerated conditions, and bear a UPC number of 7 426852 625810.
The contamination was made known to Sun Hong by the FDA when a few samples of their Enoki Mushrooms tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes in a routine food safety lab testing in Michigan.
Unfortunately, there are several people who have fallen ill potentially in relation to this product. The FDA is currently conducting an investigation to determine whether or not there is a connection between these cases of illness and the consumption of contaminated Sun Hong Enoki Mushrooms.
For further updates on the recall or investigation, visit the FDA’s website.