France has become the fifth country to report Listeria in enoki mushrooms from South Korea.
It was already known that 36 people fell sick and four died in the United States from November 2016 to December 2019. Six illnesses were recorded in Canada between 2017 and 2019 and five in Australia between October 2017 and March 2020. Indonesian authorities ordered a recall of affected mushrooms from Green Co. Ltd in May but did not report any patients.
French authorities confirmed five food isolates collected in 2017 but no illnesses from enoki mushrooms from the Republic of Korea, and distributed via the Netherlands, shared the same core genome multilocus sequence typing (cgMLST) as other countries.
Implicated enoki mushrooms were distributed by one exporter to Australia, Canada, Hong Kong SAR (China), Indonesia, Myanmar, Netherlands, the Philippines, Singapore, and the U.S.
Steps to mitigate risk were taken by authorities in the Republic of Korea, such as food safety education for farmers and including a note on the pack of enoki mushrooms to alert consumers of the need to cook products before consumption.