Beware of dangerous mushrooms, ANSES warns against the risk of poisoning

Author: Clark Tos
2022-09-14 15:25:01

As fall approaches, mushroom season is also making a comeback. Notice to picking enthusiasts, ANSES warns of the risk of intoxication.

On September 8, the National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) published a press release, in which it warned the population of the risks of poisoning linked to the consumption of mushrooms non edibles.

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1,269 poisonings recorded in 2021

As the public establishment points out, the weather conditions of the past few days have favored the growth of mushrooms '. Consequently, pickings are increasing in the forest, but these are not without risk. Indeed, some species of mushrooms can cause more or less dangerous poisoning:

« Between July 1 and December 31, 2021, 1,269 poisoning have been reported to poison control centres. The mushrooms responsible for the poisonings came mostly from picking (94% of cases) », explain l’Anses sur son internet site.

This year, more than sixty cases have already been recorded since September 1, 2022. Still according to ANSES, these poisonings are due to a “ confusion of an edible species with a poisonous species ' by the pickers or to a ' consumption of edible mushrooms in poor condition or undercooked ».

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But that's not all ! The agency also points out that some mushroom recognition apps are not 100% reliable, thus giving “ misidentification of picked mushrooms ».

In its press release, ANSES lists the right things to do to avoid poisoning: “ collect only the mushrooms you know », « never consume mushrooms identified by means of a mushroom recognition application on a smartphone ' or ' never feed the mushrooms you have picked to young children ».