French authorities have renewed warnings about eating wild mushrooms after hundreds of poisoning cases in the past few months.
The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) reported that since the start of the mushroom-picking season in early autumn, poison control centers have recorded a sharp increase in cases, particularly in recent weeks.
Poisoning risks include confusion of an edible type with a toxic species, or consumption of edible mushrooms that are in poor condition, undercooked, or have been incorrectly stored. Most cases are due to foraged mushrooms but occasionally they are because of the purchase at a market or in a shop, or consumption in a restaurant.
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Since July 2020, poison control centers have recorded 732 cases of intoxication, including five people with serious life-threatening illnesses.
Confusion between species sometimes happens through the use of fungi recognition apps on smartphones, which incorrectly … Read more