Dried mushroom products sold in multiple U.S. states are being recalled due to potential Salmonella contamination, according to an announcement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.
Tai Phat Wholesalers based in Capitol Heights, Maryland, is recalling four types of packages
of its "Three Coins Dried Mushrooms." The four products were distributed in specialty retail stores in 15 states: Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
The different types are:
1) Three Coins Dried Mushrooms Slices – Item #: 01051- Nam Meo Soi -S- 2.5 oz
2) Three Coins Dried Mushrooms Slices – Item #: 01276- Nam Meo Soi -L- 10.5 oz
3) Three Coins Dried Mushrooms Whole – Item #: 01052- Nam Meo Nguyen -S- 2.5 oz
4) Three Coins Dried Mushrooms Whole – Item #: 01277- Nam Meo Nguyen -L- 10.5 oz
The recall notice posted by the company on Aug. 29 and published on the FDA on Aug. 30 came after the Maryland Department of Health conducted routine testing and found Salmonella in some packages of the mushroom products. The items were bought at a retail store.
Maryland's health department and the company have suspended sales of the four mushroom products for now, as they continue to probe for the source of the contamination.
People who have bought the products are "are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund."
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-703-538-8000.
People who eat food contaminated with the Salmonella bacteria can develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramping within 6 hours to 6 days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Salmonella infection usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment, but sometimes cases can be severe and warrant hospitalization. Severe illness is more likely in children younger than 5, adults 65 and older, and people with compromised immune systems.
In rare cases, Salmonella infection can lead to the organism reaching the bloodstream, prompting more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis, according to the FDA.