State Warns Consumers of Recalled Monterey Mushrooms Potentially Contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes Bacteria

No Illnesses Reported to Date

Albany, NY, September 15, 2006 - The New York State Department of Health and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets are alerting residents, retail food establishments, and other food providers throughout New York State of a recall of approximately 10,000 cases of fresh sliced Baby Bella mushrooms and fresh sliced white mushrooms by Monterey Mushrooms of Watsonville, California. Random product testing by the Ohio State Department of Agriculture, identified the potentially dangerous Listeria Monocytogenes bacteria.

The mushrooms were distributed to retail stores and produce market locations in 7 States, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia and were delivered in 4 ounce, 6 ounce, 8 ounce, and 16 ounce foam tills and 10 ounce plastic bags with code dates 237 through 247.

Listeriosis is an infection caused by the Listeria Monocytogenes bacteria which can cause symptoms including high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Those at highest risk for more serious symptoms are newborns, the elderly, individuals with weakened immune systems and women who are pregnant.

The Listeria Monocytogenes bacteria may not be removed by washing and must be cooked to destroy the bacteria. No illnesses have yet been reported to be associated with this product. Monterey Mushrooms has announced that the source of contamination has been identified and corrected, effective September 5, 2006.

For more information on this recall, please refer to the Department of Health web site at www.health.ny.gov, contact Monterey Mushrooms at 1-800-333-6874 or go to the Food and Drug Administration web site at www.fda.gov.