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The FDA Is Recalling All Cases of These Mushrooms

For Listeria concerns. Here's what to do if you bought (or ate) them.
Enoki mushrooms

It's likely you've been cooking at home quite a bit lately. If you've discovered this immunity-friendly, Vitamin B-rich mushroom as a great addition to soups or other dishes, unfortunately the FDA is saying you should take a close look—particularly if you're of a certain age or health condition. If you bought—or ate—this type of mushroom, which is known by several common names, here's what you should consider doing.

Twice this week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called out two brands of the stringy, Q-tip-like Enoki mushroom for concerns of Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is a type of bacterium that causes listeriosis, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says is most often caused by eating contaminated food. The CDC explains: "The disease primarily affects pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems." Symptoms of food poisoning from Listeria can include diarrhea, fever, headache, stiff neck, and others—according to one advisory on the FDA's site, "Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women."

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The FDA has specifically mentioned Guan's Mushroom Company of Commerce, California (product of China) and Gold Medal Mushroom Company of Los Angeles (product of Korea) as the two brands to beware of. In both companies' cases, they say no illnesses have been reported but that "the potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes."

The FDA states both companies' mushrooms come in 200-gram units and may have been distributed from any of the following states: California, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. In both cases, customers are "urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund." The CDC says if you've already eaten these packaged Enoki mushrooms, you should talk to your doctor—and they note: "This is especially important if you are pregnant, age 65 or older, or have a weakened immune system."

When they're free of contamination concerns, Enoki mushrooms go nicely in soups and some Asian dishes. They're known to boast a lot of fiber, Vitamin B, and more, and have been used in some ancient medicine modalities for liver conditions, digestion, high cholesterol, and blood pressure. Note Enoki mushrooms are sometimes also called by any of the following names: golden needle mushrooms, seafood mushrooms, winter mushrooms and lily mushrooms, according to Umami Insider.

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants, groceries, and more. Read more