Taiwan Enoki mushrooms infected with Listeria

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on the 18th local time that 200 grams (7.05 ounces) of Taiwanese Enoki mushrooms exported to California, the United States, may be contaminated with the virus Listeria. …

Taiwan Enoki mushrooms infected with Listeria

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on the 18th local time that 200 grams (7.05 ounces) of Taiwanese Enoki mushrooms exported to California, the United States, may be contaminated with the virus Listeria. This batch of enoki mushrooms comes from Changhua County Edible Mushroom Production Cooperative, barcode UPC 8 51084 00835 8, batch number #3322.

The Food and Drug Administration of the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare issued a statement this afternoon. After rushing to the scene to find out, industry insiders said that there were 926 boxes of enoki mushrooms in this batch, with 50 pieces in each box. 200 grams, except for 2 boxes that passed the quarantine, the remaining 924 boxes were all exported to the United States.

In a telephone interview with a reporter from the Central News Agency, Fu Lizhong, director of the Agricultural and Food Management Department of the Agricultural Committee, introduced that this batch of enoki mushrooms was produced by a cooperative, and the shiitake mushrooms in Changhua District were exported to land. The operator also conducted a self-test before export, which came back negative, the first detection of Listeria monocytogenes.

Fu Lizhong also said that there are about 1 or 2 containers in this batch of exports to the United States, and the number is not large. In fact, they were sold in American supermarkets, and the results of random inspections in other stores were also the same. negative.

Regarding the California health agency’s detection of Listeria monocytogenes, which the U.S. has requested for recovery and destruction, he added that he asked experts and learned that the bacteria can grow in low-temperature refrigeration. It may be due to epidemic prevention and control activities, international trade and shipping activities, etc. Shipping to the US originally took about 18 to 20 days, but now doubles to 40 to 45 days.

He emphasized that the Changhua Mushroom Cooperative not only requires the US government to provide inspection reports through the US industry, but also plans to strengthen two operational procedures in the future to deal with risks. . First, in the second half of the year, increase the intensity of packaging and processing, and increase the sampling frequency before export.

Zheng Weizhi, deputy head of the food group of the Food and Drug Administration of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, said in a telephone interview with the media today that there are restrictive standards for Listeria monocytogenes in fresh and ready-to-eat products. . Heat kills Listeria, so there is no standard for produce.

Zheng Weizhi mentioned that the eating habits of the United States and Taiwan are different. Taiwan enoki mushrooms are cooked and eaten. It is estimated that there are more raw foods in the United States, so relevant standards have been developed.

Lin Yongqing, an epidemic prevention doctor at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, previously stated at a press conference that Listeria is very common in nature and is mainly infected by eating contaminated food, with a few vertically infected mothers and children.

Listeria has been detected in sashimi, ready-to-eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and ready-to-eat meat in China, according to the CDC website.

Lin Yongqing has previously stated that Listeria can continue to grow and reproduce at 4 degrees Celsius and must be heated to above 72 degrees Celsius, so women are reminded to pay attention to eating fish, hygiene and hand hygiene during pregnancy, and avoid raw food.

Yan Zonghai, director of the Clinical Poison Control Center of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Linkou, told the Central News Agency today that Listeria is a zoonotic disease with an incubation period of about three weeks. Eating foods contaminated with Listeria can cause food poisoning, and gastroenteritis can occur in healthy people, but bacteremia can occur in the elderly, pregnant women, and children, so it is best to avoid eating foods contaminated with Listeria.

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