Contamination Fears Prompt Pennsylvania Farm to Recall Mushrooms

February 4, 2009

A southeastern Pennsylvania mushroom farm is recalling packages of enoki mushrooms because they may be contaminated with a bacteria that can cause a potentially fatal illness.

Phillips Mushroom Farm of Kennett Square, Pa., said in a statement Sunday the enoki mushrooms have been distributed in the United States and Canada through retail and food service channels. They were packaged under various brand names and sold between Jan. 13 and 30.

The company says the mushrooms were packed in clear plastic bags with blue, green or red graphics panels.

Phillips officials say the mushrooms may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease that is most dangerous to people with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and people with HIV.

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