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Mushrooms traded as food. Vol II sec. 1

Nordic Risk assessments and background on edible mushrooms, suitable for commercial marketing and background lists. For industry, trade and food inspection. Background information and guidance lists on mushrooms

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Mushrooms recognised as edible have been collected and cultivated for many years. In the Nordic countries, the interest for eating mushrooms has increased. In order to ensure that Nordic consumers will be supplied with safe and well characterised, edible mushrooms on the market, this publication aims at providing tools for the in-house control of actors producing and trading mushroom products. The report is divided into two documents: a. Volume I: ”Mushrooms traded as food - Nordic questionnaire and guidance list for edible mushrooms suitable for commercial marketing b. Volume II: Background information, with general information in section 1 and in section 2, risk assessments of more than 100 mushroom species (be published august / september). All mushrooms on the lists have been risk assessed regarding their safe use as food, in particular focusing on their potential content of inherent toxicants. The goal is food safety.

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Mushrooms and adverse effects

Mushrooms sold as edible should not harm the consumer, neither acutely, nor in the short or long-term. Due to the very different health and nutritional status of consumers, it is understandable that some individuals might react unexpectedly even to mushrooms considered edible and safe. Our best known food mushrooms have all been reported to give rise to unexpected reactions in some individuals.

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