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Chief Health Officer Advisory: Poisonous mushrooms growing in Melbourne

May 5, 2017
Public Health and Wellbeing

Chief Health Officer Advisory
4 May 2017
Poisonous mushrooms growing in Melbourne

Status: Active
Date issued: 4 May 2017
Issued by: Professor Charles Guest, Chief Health Officer, Victoria
Issued to: Health professionals, consumers

Key messages
• Extreme caution is advised when picking and consuming wild mushrooms – if in doubt, don’t consume.
• Poisonous mushrooms including Death Cap mushrooms and Yellow-staining mushrooms are currently growing around Victoria as a result of recent heavy rains.
• Cooking, peeling or drying these mushrooms does not remove or inactivate the poison.
• There is no home test available to distinguish safe and edible mushrooms from poisonous mushrooms.
• Mushrooms purchased from a supermarket, greengrocer or other reputable source are safe to eat.
More information
Read the full advisory on health.vic
Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne.