LOS ANGELES — Federal officials have warned that there are cases of Salmonella related to dried mushrooms from a company in Southern California in at least ten states.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday that more than 40 people have become ill and four of them have been hospitalized.
The product suspected at the time of the outbreak was fungus mushrooms distributed by Wismettac Asian Foods near Los Angeles. The CDC said the company has recalled all Shirakiku brand imported mushrooms, which were distributed to restaurants in six and five pound bags.
Officials said some sick people had eaten at ramen restaurants in three states.
The states that reported cases are: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Officials said restaurant employees should check whether there are any recalled dried mushrooms and they should not eat or sell them.
The CDC says that most people infected with Salmonella will experience diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps six hours to six days after being exposed to the bacteria. Symptoms usually last four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.
However, Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the infirm or elderly, and other people with weakened immune systems.