New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today alerted consumers to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in Qilu Enterprises brand “enoki mushrooms,” distributed by Utopia Produce, 83-18 72nd Drive, Glendale, New York 11385. This product was distributed in New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, and West Virginia.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy persons may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, L. monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The affected Qilu Enterprises brand “enoki mushrooms” are packaged in a 7.05 ounce (200 gram) flexible plastic bag with UPC code 928918-610109. The product is marked with an expiration notice of “Exp: October 26, 2023.”
The presence of Listeria monocytogenes was found in the product following routine sampling by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, which worked with regulatory partners including the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to remove the product from sale.
Consumers who have purchased Qilu Enterprises brand “enoki mushrooms” may return the product to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions about the recalled product may contact Allison Wang, Import Manager, at (718) 916-6089.