New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball has alerted consumers to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in Qilu Enterprises brand “enoki mushrooms,” distributed by Utopia Produce, 83-18 72nd Drive, Glendale, NY. 

This product was distributed in New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, and West Virginia. 

The affected Qilu Enterprises brand “enoki mushrooms” are packaged in 7.05- ounce (200 gram) flexible plastic bags 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.

About Listeria infections
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any of the recall mushrooms and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop. 

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses. 

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.