L.A. Link (Huntington Beach) Corp. of of Cerritos, CA is recalling dried shitake mushrooms sold at Costco Wholesale locations in Washington, Oregon and California because they may be contaminated with chemical residues not approved for dried mushrooms.
A sample of the product tested by the Food and Drug Administration was found to be contaminated with fluoranthene, pyrene and carbendazim.
(Carbendazim is the fungicide recently detected in low levels in some orange juice products that prompted increased FDA scrutiny of imported juices. Carbendazim is approved for use in some countries but not the U.S., where it is an unlawful pesticide residue under the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.)
The recalled Shitake-Ya brand mushrooms are packaged in 6 oz. plastic jars labeled “Shiitake-Ya brand Gourmet Shiitake Slices – dried shiitake mushrooms” and have a sell-by date of April 16, 2013. (The sell-by sticker is affixed to the bottom portion of the back label).
The shitake slices may be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information contact L.A. Link (Huntington Beach) Corp. at 562-802-0366.