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.
Importers of fresh enoki mushrooms, should ensure their Preventative Control Plan (PCP) under SFCR, identifies L. monocytogenes as a food safety hazard to be controlled. This may include verification procedures to ensure your foreign supplier has preventive controls in place to effectively address L. monocytogenes. In addition, clear and complete traceability records must be kept that show who the food was obtained from and to whom it was sent.
For assistance in developing, implementing and maintaining a preventive control plan, refer to CFIA’s Importer guide: prepare your preventive control plan (PCP) as well as Control measures for Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods
Refer to CFIA’s Notice to Industry: Listeria monocytogenes in imported Enoki mushrooms for additional information.