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Health alert: Poisonous mushrooms growing in Victoria

Status: Active

Date issued: 12 April 2023

Issued by: Professor Brett Sutton, 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.

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