By: Candess Zona-Mendola of MakeFoodSafe
Mushroom lovers watch out! The FDA, the CDC, and state and local partners are investigating an ongoing multistate outbreak of Salmonella Stanley infections linked to wood ear mushrooms imported by Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. of Santa Fe Springs, CA.
As of today, 41 people in 10 states are linked to this Mushroom Salmonella outbreak. Four of these cases have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
So far, those from restaurant clusters reported eating wood ear mushrooms or ramen with mushrooms. The California Department of Public Health collected a sample of wood ear mushrooms, imported by Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc., from one of the restaurants where ill patients reported eating. The sample was positive for Salmonella.
On September 23, 2020, Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. recalled Shirakiku brand imported dried fungus. The product was distributed in six packs of five-pound bags to restaurants in AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NV, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WI.
The investigation is ongoing.