Enoki Mushroom

Dangerous, Ministry of Agriculture Orders Importers to Pull Enoki Mushrooms

The Ministry of Agriculture's (Ministry of Agriculture) Food Security Agency (BKP) ordered importers to withdraw and destroy enoki mushroom products from Green Co Ltd from South Korea.

Because, information from the International Food Safety Authority Network (INFOSAN) revealed an Extraordinary Event (KLB) in March-April 2020 in the United States, Canada, and Australia due to consuming enoki mushrooms from South Korea that were contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes bacteria.

Agung asserted that to date in Indonesia has not found any extraordinary cases (KLB) due to bacterial contamination from the enoki fungus.

However, it has conducted an investigation and sampling of enoki mushroom products from producers in South Korea, notified by INFOSAN. On April 21 2020 to May 26, 2020, the Ministry of Agriculture's Ministry of Agriculture also asked importers not to distribute mushrooms until the investigation was completed.

Based on the results of testing in the laboratory of PT Saraswanti Indo Genetech as many as 5 lots did not meet the requirements because it was detected to contain L monocytogenes bacteria exceeding the threshold with a range of 1.0 x 104 to 7.2 x 104 colony / g.

Therefore, the BKP asked the Agricultural Quarantine Agency to increase supervision of food security enoki mushrooms from South Korea. In addition, BKP also asked enoki mushroom importers to register their products with the Central Food Safety Competent Authority (OKKPP).

To the importer, BKP requested to separate the enoki mushrooms imported from Green Co. Ltd and return them to the distributor for further handling. Importers are also asked to implement sanitation measures to prevent cross-contamination, as well as conduct laboratory testing if needed.

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