Imported fresh enoki mushrooms have recently been the subject of numerous food recalls due to possible Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes) contamination. When these mushrooms are consumed raw or undercooked, consumers are at increased risk of becoming sick.
As a result, the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will be adding new conditions to Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) licenses for the import of fresh enoki mushrooms from Korea and China effective March 15, 2023. These conditions include the requirement to hold and test fresh enoki mushrooms imported from these countries at the first destination in Canada.
Failure to comply with these hold and test SFC license conditions, will be considered non-compliance with the Safe Food For Canadians Act (SFCA) and CFIA may take enforcement action including suspending or cancelling SFC licenses.
Detailed information regarding the new hold and test license conditions are available here.