Poisonous mushrooms including Death Cap mushrooms and Yellow-staining mushrooms are currently growing around Victoria as a result of recent heavy rains. Please steer clear of picking or consuming these wild mushrooms.
Autumn conditions create ideal growing conditions for poisonous mushrooms which grow on the roots of oak trees. Cooking, peeling or drying these mushrooms does not remove or inactivate the poison.
All parts of this mushroom are poisonous, and eating just one mushroom can be fatal. There is no home test available to distinguish safe and edible mushrooms from poisonous mushrooms.
While commercially-sold mushrooms are safe, poisonings can occur when people gathering wild mushrooms inadvertently include toxic species.
For more information, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services.
If you suspect you or your child may have eaten a poisonous mushroom, do not wait for symptoms to occur, contact the Victorian Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.
A fact sheet on fungi poisoning is available on the Better Health Channel. It will advise you about the effects of funghi poisoning, treatments, how to protect your children and where to get help.