Fungi Perfecti, LLC - Makers of Host Defense® Mushrooms™- Discovers Counterfeit Products with Gluten and Major Allergens Being Sold on and


Fungi Perfecti, LLC has discovered multiple unauthorized accounts on and selling counterfeit products using their brand name Host Defense® Mushrooms™.

During routine brand protection efforts, Fungi Perfecti began investigating unauthorized sellers after noticing irregularities in both packaging and the contents inside the capsules. They have confirmed that at least seven Host Defense capsule products are being imitated: Lion’s Mane 120-ct, Lion’s Mane 60-ct, Lion’s Mane 30-ct, Turkey Tail 120-ct, Turkey Tail 60-ct, MyCommunity® 120-ct, and Stamets 7® 120-ct.

Consumers should be advised that some of the counterfeit products tested positive for gluten and the major allergens soy and milk protein. All authentic Host Defense® Mushrooms™ products are gluten-free and not formulated with soy, milk, or dairy ingredients.

After notification from Fungi Perfecti, took immediate action to prevent further counterfeit sales from unauthorized sellers as of Sunday, June 16, 2024. Fungi Perfecti appreciates the rapid, effective response by the team to protect consumers.

Consumers who have purchased products from any of the sellers listed below should discontinue use immediately and contact or customer service for a refund.

COUNTERFEIT PRODUCT has been purchased from the following third-party marketplace sellers: Counterfeit Sellers
Global Trading025
The J and JF Plus 4 Store
Tinydepot Counterfeit Sellers
All Natural Nutrients
Jenny’s Food Stores
Rhonda R
Richardson Caryer
The MooShop.SS
Well Discovering
H.Discover Wellness

For purchases made on, customers can find the seller by selecting the “My eBay” menu at the top right of their screen, then selecting “Purchase History”. From there, customers can scroll to find the relevant order. For each item, a field called “Sold by” indicating the seller will be visible.

For purchases made on, customers can find the seller by selecting “Account Information” at the top right hand corner and navigating to “Purchase History.” Under each order number, tracking details and “sold and shipped by” information will be visible. Further, customers can select “View Details” on each order and identify the seller under the tracking information.

While there are some telltale visual clues between authentic product and counterfeit product being sold by certain unauthorized resellers on and, Fungi Perfecti strongly encourages consumers to confirm Host Defense products’ authenticity by reviewing seller information as described above.

Below are some of these telltale differences:

  • Counterfeit capsule products may ship without a cardboard carton around them, inconsistent with authentic capsule products which always have a cardboard carton.
  • Clear lid wraps are labeled with "Sealed For", which is inconsistent with authentic packaging. Authentic products have clear lid wraps with no text printed on them. (See photo.)
  • Counterfeit products may have expiration dates and lot numbers stamped on the top of the lid, which is inconsistent with authentic products. Authentic products always have the lot code and expiration date printed on the wrap label around the bottle, above the UPC code. (See photo.)

counterfeit productsCounterfeit products have lid wrap with superimposed “SEALED FOR” text. Authentic products have clear lid wraps with no text.

counterfeit productsCounterfeit products show lot code and expiration date stamped on the top of the lids, inconsistent with authentic products. Authentic Host Defense products do not have lot code and expiration date printed on top of lids.

Counterfeit products show lot code and expiration date stamped on the top of the lids, inconsistent with authentic products. Authentic Host Defense products always have a lot code and expiration date printed on the wrap label around the bottle, above the UPC code.

These differences are not exhaustive and consumers should determine authenticity by identifying the seller from whom they purchased products.

Fungi Perfecti is actively working to resolve this consumer safety threat and considers this matter of the highest priority. Enforcement actions are being taken and the company is working within and brand control systems to restrict all counterfeit sales imitating Host Defense products.

“Consumer safety is our top priority. Our team will continue diligent efforts to find the source of the counterfeiting and stop fraudulent sales on the and platforms,” said Paul Stamets, member and founder of Fungi Perfecti, LLC.

Consumers can continue to purchase safe, authentic Host Defense products directly from the manufacturer on and

Authentic Host Defense products can also be purchased in-store at authorized retailers like Sprouts Farmers Market, Whole Foods Market, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, The Vitamin Shoppe, and CVS Pharmacy, among others, plus independent health food stores nationwide.

Authorized e-commerce retailers include (see list below for authorized reseller),, and, among others.

In addition, consumers can also continue purchasing authentic Host Defense product from the trusted, authorized resellers listed below:

Authorized Reseller
Pattern Products

Authorized Resellers
Highland Health Foods
Holly Hill Vitamins
D’s Special Finds

Authorized Resellers
Pattern Products
Holly Hill Health Foods
Highland Health Foods
Vitamin Shoppe
Terra Mater

Customers with questions about authorized resellers should reach out directly to Fungi Perfecti and Host Defense customer service at or (877) 504-6926, or visit

Fungi Perfecti® - makers of Host Defense® Mushrooms™ - is a family-owned company specializing in mushroom mycelium-based supplements and drink mixes. Founded by Paul Stamets with the goal of building the bridge between people and fungi, Fungi Perfecti has become synonymous with cutting-edge mycological research and innovative mycological solutions in everything from mycofiltration and mycoremediation, to using beneficial mushrooms to combat Colony Collapse Disorder in bee populations and to support human health through their Host Defense  Mushrooms supplements line. Their sustainability efforts are a natural extension of their continued mission to explore, study, preserve, and spread knowledge about the use of fungi for helping people and planet. Fungi Perfecti is a Certified B Corporation and is third-party designated as Climate Positive, offsetting 110% of their carbon emissions

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