Case of refusal of export products1
The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety announced on the 18th that as a result of investigating four companies exporting enoki mushrooms to the United States, Listeria bacteria were detected in two enoki mushrooms. Listeria is a food poisoning bacterium that causes meningitis and causes miscarriage if infected during pregnancy.
According to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, it is estimated that listeria food poisoning occurred in the United States due to the different food culture, such as eating enoki mushrooms by heating and cooking in Korea, but eating them in the form of salads for immediate consumption. If the enoki mushrooms in which Listeria is detected are heated at 70°C for 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 100°C for 15 seconds, and 1 minute, the Listeria bacteria are killed.
Accordingly, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety plans to improve the packaging of enoki mushrooms to indicate that they are 'for heating and cooking' so that consumers can easily identify them, and plan to institutionalize this. This measure will be applied sequentially, starting with the shipments on the 23rd of the eight producers, which account for 95% of the total annual output.
In addition, for mushroom producers, including enoki mushrooms, regular hygiene inspections, manual distribution, and hygiene management education and publicity will be strengthened.
Previously, from November 2016 to December last year, 36 people in the United States developed food poisoning symptoms after eating Korean enoki mushrooms, and 4 of them died. Two pregnant women also had miscarriages. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned against eating or selling Korean enoki mushrooms contaminated with Listeria on the 10th (local time), and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an order to recall (recall) all Korean enoki mushrooms.