Call for public to stop consuming porcini mushrooms suspected to contain mixture of species including inedible or poisonous mushrooms

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (July 18) called on the public to stop consuming a batch of prepackaged porcini mushrooms as the product is suspected to contain a mixture of species including inedible or poisonous species.

Product details are as follows:

Product: Porcini mushrooms
Place of origin: China
Net weight: 150 grams per pack
Best-before date: March 30, 2018

A CFS spokesman said, "Following up on a food poisoning case in relation to the consumption of porcini mushrooms as notified by the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health, the CFS conducted investigation at a department store in Yau Ma Tei. According to the information provided by the department store concerned, the sale of the product has ceased since the end of June this year."

The spokesman further said, "The CFS has also followed up with Addison Industrial (Group) Limited, the importer and packer of the product concerned. Investigation showed that the affected batch of product was only for sale at the above-mentioned department store. The Centre has requested the importer concerned to stop sale and initiate a recall of the affected batch of the product. Members of the public may call its hotline at 2418 2016 during office hours for enquiries about the recall."

The CFS appealed to members of the public who have purchased and still possess the affected batch of the product to stop consuming it, and to seek medical advice immediately if symptoms develop after consuming the food.

The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, and continue to follow up and take appropriate action. Investigation is ongoing.

Mushroom poisoning is generally acute and manifested by a variety of symptoms, depending on the species and amount consumed. The incubation period is usually short. Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain are the commonest symptoms. Sometimes distinguishing features such as extreme thirst, profuse sweating, hallucination, coma and other neurological symptoms may occur.

Furthermore, consumers are advised to heed the following points when buying and eating fresh mushrooms:

* Do not buy mushroom products which are suspected to include a mix of unknown species;
* Do not buy mushrooms which look unhygienic (with growing substrates left with the product) or show signs of spoilage (with coloured spots/abnormal smell/slime, etc);
* Wash and cook mushrooms thoroughly before consumption; and
* Seek medical treatment immediately if mushroom poisoning is suspected.

Ends/Tuesday, July 18, 2017