A Listeria outbreak linked to Enoki mushrooms imported by Sun Hong Foods Inc. of Korea has sickened 36 people in 17 states. Four people have died. Among the three dozen people sickened in this outbreak are six pregnant women two of whom suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth.
After the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development found that a sample of the mushrooms tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, Sun Hong Foods issued a recall for the mushrooms on March 9, 2020. The mushrooms, also known as enokitake, golden needle, futu, or lily mushrooms, were sold in 7.05-ounce clear plastic packages marked with the UPC number 7 426852 625810.
They were sold at J&L Supermarket, Jusgo Supermarket, ZTao Market, New Sang Supermarket, and Galleria Market stores in n California, Florida, Illinois, Oregon, and Texas. Consumers who have purchased these mushrooms should not eat them.
Symptoms of a Listeria infection can take as long as 70 days to develop. They include fever, headache, stiff neck muscle aches, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Pregnant women are at special risk for Listeria as they are more likely than the general population to contract these infections and suffer miscarriage, stillbirth, premature labor or delivery of an infected newborn when they do.
In this outbreak, the people sickened, who range in age from less than 1 year to 97 years old, reported onset of symptoms on dates ranging from November 23, 2016 to December 13, 2019. Most of them, 58 percent, are female. Thirty people were hospitalized. The four fatalities occurred in California, Hawaii, and New Jersey.
The number of cases from each state is: Arizona (2), California (9), Florida (2), Hawaii (3), Indiana (1), Kentucky (1), Massachusetts (2), Maryland (2) Michigan (1), Missouri (1), North Carolina (1), New Jersey (1), Nevada (1), New York (4), Rhode Island (1), Tennessee (1), and Virginia (3).
If you or a family member are part of this outbreak and would like a free consultation with an experienced Listeria lawyer, please contact Pritzker Hageman’s Listeria Team. We have successfully represented clients nationwide for over 40 years and won what is believed to be the largest-ever Listeria settlement in the U.S. on behalf of a pregnant client who suffered serious injury and unimaginable loss. Contact us today by calling 1(888) 377-8900 (toll-free), texting 612-261-0856 or by completing the form below.