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

Issue Date 3.12.2020
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety

Food Product


Product Name and Description

Product name: Boletes

Importer: Yiu Shing Trading Company
Supplier: (English name not available)

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • Following 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, the CFS collected samples from the retail outlet which sold the product concerned, Go Fresh D, in Hung Hom for testing during its investigation.
  • According to the assessment by a mycologist on the samples, the boletes concerned contained inedible or poisonous species of mushrooms.
  • 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.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS has also followed up with the importer, Yiu Shing Trading Company, and the supplier (English name not available).
  • Preliminary investigations found that the importer had imported the affected product and sold it to the supplier. The product was then packed by the supplier for sale by the aforementioned retailer.
  • The CFS has requested the vendors concerned to initiate a recall of the affected product.
  • The CFS will continue to follow up on the case and take necessary action to safeguard food safety and public health.
Advice to the Trade
  • The trade should stop using or selling the product concerned immediately if they possess it.
Advice to Consumers
  • Do not buy mushroom products which may contain a mix of unknown species;
  • Do not buy mushrooms which appear unhygienic (i.e. with growing substrates left on 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.
  • Members of the public may call the hotlines of the importer (2805 2017), supplier (2546 2868) or retailer (6110 1207) during office hours for enquiries about the recall.
Further Information

The CFS press release

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department