Poisonous Mushrooms Growing in Melbourne

Date issued: 05 April 2019

Issued by: Dr Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer, Victoria

Issued to: Health professionals, consumers

Key messages

  • Poisonous mushrooms including Death Cap mushrooms and Yellow-staining mushrooms are currently growing around Victoria.
  • Extreme caution is advised when picking and consuming wild mushrooms – if in doubt, don’t consume.
  • 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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