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Monterey Mushrooms Recalls Fresh Sliced White and Baby Bella Mushrooms in PA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, and VA Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Monterey Mushrooms, Inc.
1-800-333-6874

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Watsonville, CA -- September 7, 2006 -- Monterey Mushrooms of Watsonville, CA is recalling approximately 10,000 cases of fresh sliced white mushrooms and fresh sliced baby bella mushrooms, because it has the potential to 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 cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Fresh sliced mushrooms were distributed from Monterey's location in Temple, PA into the northeastern states of Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia through retail stores and produce market channels.

These fresh sliced mushrooms were packaged for retail stores in 4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, and 16 oz foam tills and 10 oz plastic bags with code dates 237 through 247.

No illnesses have been reported to date. The mushrooms are labeled "Wash before using"; however, Listeria monocytogenes may not be removed with washing. Cooking will destroy the organism.
Monterey received a positive test result for listeria on their 6 oz sliced Baby Bella product through a random product sampling by the Ohio State Department of Agriculture. No complaints of illnesses have been reported. The company believes the source of potential contamination has been identified and corrected, effective September 5, 2006.

Monterey initiated a voluntary recall on September 6, 2006 based on preliminary information. Most product has already been removed from distribution. All OTHER sliced mushrooms from Monterey's Temple, PA facility should be considered safe as of this date.

Consumers who have purchased Monterey Mushrooms' fresh sliced white or Baby Bella mushrooms in these states are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-333-6874.

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