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Health advisory update: Poisonous mushrooms growing in Victoria 7 April 2024

Status: Active

Date issued: 5 April 2024 (update to advisory issued 12 April 2023)

Issued by: Dr Evelyn Wong, Acting Chief Health Officer

Issued to: Health professionals and consumers

Key messages

  • Poisonous mushrooms including death cap mushrooms and yellow-staining mushrooms occur in Victoria during autumn as the weather becomes wetter and cooler.
  • Consuming a death cap mushroom may result in death.
  • 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.
  • Remove any mushrooms growing in home gardens as young children and pets can easily eat them.
  • Read the full advisory at: Poisonous mushrooms growing in Victoria

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