On December 10, the CFIA announced a health hazard warning against certain brands of sliced mushrooms. The public alert was made with the cooperation of the products’ manufacturer, Greenwood Mushroom Farm.
The said sliced mushrooms are believed to have been contaminated by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. This bacteria is one of the common and harmful bacterial contaminants in food. Infection caused by this bacteria is known as Listeriosis and common symptoms include high fever, muscle pains, headache, and stiff neck. In more serious cases, Listeriosis can cause convulsions. In pregnant women, this can cause miscarriages or stillbirths. To date, no bacterial infections related to the said product has been reported.
The following sliced mushrooms are believed to be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes and are thus being recalled from the market:
“Windmill Farms Triple-Washed Sliced Mushrooms” – Having a UPC code of 856243000433 and a net weight of 227 grams (8 ounces)
“Windmill Farms Triple-Washed Sliced Mushrooms” – Having a UPC code of 856243000624 and a net weight of 454 grams (16 ounces)
“Compliments Sliced Mushrooms” – Having a UPC code of 068820 10090 4 and a net weight of 227 grams (8 ounce)
“Longo’s White Sliced Mushroom” – Having a UPC code of 772468 010012 and a net weight of 227 grams (8 ounces)
The above-mentioned sliced mushrooms have been distributed in different retail stores in Ontario.
Greenwood Mushroom Farm, the processor of the affected sliced mushrooms, is currently working on recalling all of these affected products while CFIA is monitoring this recall. Consumers who have concerns about the recalled product can call CFIA’s hotline, 1 800 442 2342. The hotline is open on weekdays, from 8 AM to 8 PM.