Mushrooms, Grilling Vegetables Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

Mushrooms and grilling vegetables are being recalled for potential Listeria contamination, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.

Ciolino Produce
Ciolino Produce is recalling Highline 8-ounce packaged Sliced White Mushrooms over possible contamination with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, Listeria Monocytogenes pathogen. The grower/processor, Highline Mushrooms, of Leamington, Ontario, issued a recall of the potentially contaminated mushrooms from all marketplaces. The Sliced White Mushrooms were sold in 227 g ( 8-ounce) containers that bear lot code L410805, followed by a four-digit time code (for example  L4108051420), and a Best Before Date of 12AU15. The recalled Highline Mushrooms involved also bear UPC 7 71163 00005 2. The product was held for sale at Ciolino Produce at its Temperance and Monroe, Michigan locations from August 10-12, 2012.

Highline Mushrooms contacted Ciolinos Produce on August 14, 2012 to advise the firm about the recalled mushrooms and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency ( CFIA) and Highline Mushrooms are warning consumers against ingesting the recalled Sliced White Mushrooms, to discard the produce, and to bring in the receipt of sale for a full refund. Ciolinos can be reached at 1.734.847,4140 between 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, Eastern Time (ET).

Pure Hothouse Foods Inc.
Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. is recalling 1402 cases and 8,412 individually distributed units of fresh cut grilling trays with Sell By dates of August 11th, 2012 through August 26, 2012 over potentially contaminated whole or sliced mushrooms. The recalled mushrooms were produced and distributed from Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. of Leamington, Ontario, Canada to retailers in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. The Listeria pathogen was discovered in the finished product that contained the recalled mushrooms, which include the following items:

  • Grillers Mushroom with Rosemary:  UPC 7-08820-85464-2
  • Grillers Steak Topper: UPC 7-08820-85468-0
  • Grillers Asparagus Blend: UPC 7-08820-85353-9

Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. advises retailers to check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the recalled mushrooms is present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. The firm also advises consumers in possession of the recalled mushrooms to record the Sell By date and/or UPC, immediately dispose of the product in its entirety, and contact Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. to obtain a full refund. Consumer may also access the firm at its web site at for a copy of the release.

Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. customer service representatives have contacted its impacted customers and are confirming that the recalled mushrooms are not in the stream of commerce. The firm can be reached, toll-free, at 1.866.326.8444, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to  5:00 p.m., ET.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the mushrooms; however, as we’ve long explained, the Listeria pathogen is unique because it thrives in colder temperatures, such as those found in refrigerated environments. Listeria also has an unusually long incubation period—up to 70 days, according to experts. The pathogen also well tolerates heat and dry temperatures, adding further challenges to the pathogen’s eradication and length to expected reporting time frames.

Listeria monocytogenes can lead to the listeriosis infection, a potentially fatal disorder that can cause high fever; severe headache, neck stiffness, abdominal cramps and pain, diarrhea, and nausea, especially in those with weakened immune systems, infants, and the elderly. Vulnerable populations, such as the developing fetus, can suffer serious central nervous system problems. The infection can also prompt premature births, or the death of the fetus via miscarriage and stillbirth; pregnant women are 20 times likelier to become infected. Listeriosis can lead to hearing loss or brain damage in newborns, and to neurological effects and cardio respiratory failure in adults.

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