Journal article

The safety of edible fungi purchased at Melbourne markets.

Jeffrey P Robinson, Dawson S MacLeod, David McD Taylor, Teresa Lebel, Tom W May

Aust N Z J Public Health | Published : 2006


OBJECTIVE: To determine if toxic mushroom species are sold at Melbourne fruit and vegetable markets. METHODS: We purchased a specimen of every mushroom on sale at six large Melbourne markets on four separate days evenly spread during the period April to June, 2005. These specimens were identified by a specialist mycologist at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. RESULTS: Ten edible mushroom species, but no toxic species, were identified. CONCLUSIONS: Mushrooms purchased from Melbourne markets appear to be safe. IMPLICATIONS: While this study provides no evidence that public health is at risk from mushrooms sold at Melbourne markets, it has important limitations. Ongoing periodic surveillance..

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