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Health alert – Poisonous mushrooms growing in Victoria 31 March 2021

Poisonous mushrooms growing in Victoria

Status: Active

Date issued: 31 March 2021

Issued by: Adjunct Clinical Professor Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer 

Issued to: Health professionals and consumers


Key messages

  • Poisonous mushrooms including Death Cap mushrooms and Yellow-staining mushrooms are currently growing around Victoria.
  • Consuming a Death Cap mushroom may result in death.
  • Unless you are an expert, do not pick and consume wild mushrooms in Victoria.
  • 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.

Read the full advisory: Poisonous mushrooms growing in Melbourne

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