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Poisonous mushrooms growing in Melbourne

May 16, 2018
Public Health and Wellbeing

Health Alert

Status: Active
Health advisory: 180008
Date Issued: 15 May 2018
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.

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