A salmonella outbreak linked to recalled mushrooms has sickened at least 41 people in ten different states.
The Centers for Disease Control said that between January 21 and August 26, there were 41 reported cases of salmonella linked to dried wood ear mushrooms, with four people hospitalized as a result. Four illness clusters were linked to restaurants serving ramen, with eight out of nine of those people who were sickened reporting having eaten wood ear mushrooms in the soup.
People ages 2 to 74 were sickened by the mushrooms, which are also known as Dried Fungus, Dried Black Fungus, Kikurage, and Mu'er/Mu Er/Mu-E mushrooms. The mushrooms in question were labeled as Shirakiku brand Black Fungus (Kikurage).
The mushrooms, which were distributed by Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc., were sold only to restaurants and were voluntarily recalled on Wednesday after the Department of Public Health found the presence of salmonella in the product, reported CNN.
The mushrooms were sent to restaurants in the following 33 states:
Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
They were also sent to restaurants in British Columbia, Canada.
Symptoms of salmonella include fever, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Symptoms usually develop within six hours to six days of exposure to the bacteria, and most people are able to recover within four to seven days without treatment.
Salmonella can be fatal to people with weakened immune symptoms, as well as for some elderly people and young children.
The CDC recommends that dried mushrooms be reconstituted with boiling water to kill any pathogens.