Not to consume boletes (mushrooms) suspected to contain mixture of species including inedible or poisonous mushrooms

Issue Date 3.7.2020
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety  

Food Product

Prepackaged boletes (a type of mushroom)

Product Name and Description
  • Product: 好棧精選牛肝菌(3兩裝) (not available in English)
  • Place of origin: China
  • Net weight: 113.4 grams per pack
  • Retailer: 好棧食品有限公司 (not available in English)
  • Best-before date: December 31, 2021
Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) had followed up on a food poisoning case suspected to have been caused by consuming boletes, which was referred earlier by the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health, samples were collected from one of the retail outlets concerned in Sham Shui Po for testing during its investigation.
  • According to an assessment by a mycologist on the samples and the boletes remnant of the case, the boletes concerned contained inedible or poisonous species of mushrooms.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS has followed up with the importer, distributor and retailer of the affected product.
  • Preliminary investigation showed that the affected batch of product was for sale at the retail outlets of the aforesaid retailer.
  • The Centre has requested the retailer concerned to stop sale and initiate a recall of the affected batch of the product.
Advice to the Trade
  • To stop sale and initiate a recall of the affected batch of the product.
Advice to Consumers
  • Members of the public should stop consuming the affected product.
  • Seek medical advice immediately if symptoms develop after consuming the product.
  • 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.
Further Information

The CFS press release

  • Members of the public may call the retailer's hotline at 3188 3141 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department