California Department of Health Warns of Possible Health Risk due to high levels of sulfites in certain mushrooms

December 5, 2011

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat Shirakiku Brand Dried Shiitake Whole Mushrooms, imported from China, because they may contain high levels of sulfites not disclosed on the product label. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites and some asthmatics may run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions, including but not limited to anaphylactic shock if they consume these products.

The products being recalled are:

UPC Code Product Description Lot Code
74410 56010 Shirakiku brand Dried Whole Shiitake Mushrooms 3 oz Not specified

The voluntary recall was initiated by Nishimoto Trading Company, Ltd. of Santa Fe Springs, California, after being advised by CDPH that routine surveillance tests conducted by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services identified that the products contained as much as 113 parts per million (ppm) and 43 ppm of sulfites, respectively. Foods containing more than 10 ppm of sulfites are required to disclose the presence of sulfites on the product label.