Monday, August 20, 2012

Two Canadian firms announce recalls for sliced mushrooms because of Listeria

Highline Foods is recalling sliced and whole mushrooms distributed by Ciolino Produce of Michigan due to the fact that product tested positive for Listeria. Pure Hothouse Foods is recalling 1402 cases and 8412 individual units of grilling trays (trays of mixed vegetables) due to the fact that the mushrooms may contain Listeria. This product was shipped to 5 states within the US. It was not stated whether Highline grew the mushrooms shipped as part of the Pure Hothouse recall, but both companies are located in Leamington, Ontario.

There have been no reported illnesses. The recall is based upon positive product testing, but it was not stated who did the testing.

There are some excellent resources on mushroom food safety at

Pure Hothouse Foods Inc, Announces a Voluntary Recall of Fresh Cut Grilling Trays Because of Possible Health Risk
FDA Release

M-F 8am-5pm. (Eastern Standard Time)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 16, 2012 – Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling a total of 1402 cases and 8,412 individually distributed units of fresh cut grilling trays, as listed below, with the Sell by dates of August 11th, 2012 through August 26, 2012 because they contain whole or sliced mushrooms which may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious or life-threatening food borne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, gastro intestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill.

The voluntary recalled products were produced and distributed from Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. in Leamington, Ontario, Canada to retailers in the following states: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.

This voluntary recall notification is being issued due to finding Listeria monocytogenes in finished product that contained mushrooms. Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. is coordinating closely with regulatory officials.

No illnesses have been reported in association with this voluntary recall.

Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. customer service representatives have already contacted all customers impacted and are in the process of confirming that the recalled products are not in the stream of commerce. Consumers with questions may contact Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. directly at 1-866-326-8444 M-F 8am-5pm. (Eastern Standard Time)

Product Description
Use by Date
UPC Code
Meijer Brand “Grillers Mushroom with Rosemary”
August 11th – August 26th 2012
Meijer Brand “Grillers Steak Topper”
August 11th – August 26th 2012
Meijer Brand “Grillers Asparagus Blend”
August 11th – August 26th 2012

Only the specific products identified in the list above are included in this precautionary voluntary recall. Retailers should check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the product is present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories.

Consumers who may have purchased any of the above item(s) are asked to record the Sell by date and/or UPC code number, immediately dispose of the product in its entirety, and contact Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. toll-free at 1-866-326-8444, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) to obtain a full refund. Please visit our website at for a copy of the release.


Health Hazard Alert – Certain Sliced White Mushrooms May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

(9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Saturday)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 14, 2012 – Ciolino Produce was notified that our Highline 8 oz. packaged Sliced White Mushrooms may be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and still births among pregnant women.

The grower/processor, Highline Mushrooms, Leamington, ON, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from all marketplaces. The following Sliced White Mushrooms, sold in 227 g ( 8 oz ) containers bearing lot code L410805 followed by a 4-digit time code ( e.g., L4108051420 ) and a Best Before Date of 12AU15, are affected by this alert.

Brand Highline Mushrooms

UPC  7 71163 00005 2

The product was held for sale at Ciolino Produce, Temperance, MI. / Monroe, MI, on August 10, 2012 – August 12, 2012.

Highline Mushrooms contacted Ciolinos Produce on August 14, 2012 to notify us about the recalled Mushrooms.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency ( CFIA) and Highline Mushrooms are WARNING the public not to consume the Sliced White Mushrooms described below because they may be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Please discard all 8 oz. Sliced White Mushrooms and bring in receipt for complete refund.

For more information consumers can call Ciolinos at 1-734-847-4140 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday Eastern time.

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