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  • Poisonous mushrooms grow around Victoria, especially during the autumn months.
  • The Yellow-staining mushroom (Agaricus xanthodermus) is the most commonly-eaten poisonous mushroom in Victoria.
  • Consuming the Death Cap mushroom (Amanita phalloides) may result in death.
  • Unless you are an expert, do not pick and consume wild mushrooms in Victoria.
  • There is no ‘home test’ that can help you tell the difference between edible and poisonous mushrooms.
  • It is recommended that you only eat mushrooms you’ve bought from the supermarket, greengrocer or another reputable source.
  • Symptoms include severe gastrointestinal upsets such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
  • If the person who has eaten the mushroom has collapsed, stopped breathing, is having a fit or is suffering an anaphylactic reaction, immediately ring triple zero (000) for an ambulance. 
  • If you suspect you or your child may have eaten a poisonous mushroom, don’t wait for symptoms to occur before seeking medical attention. Contact the Victorian Poisons Information Centre for advice (Tel 13 11 26).

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Reviewed on: 22-05-2023