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.



Risk assessment of mushrooms, overview

Over centuries people have selected what they eat and accumulated experiences from the consumption of raw or processed foods. In this way, common knowledge of which mushrooms can safely be eaten has developed. With time some of this empirical knowledge has obtained scientific support, whereas other empirical observations have been difficult to support. For example, the Nordic risk assessments of the Button Mushroom (Agricus bisporus) and False Morel (Gyromitra esculenta) have contributed to the development of a science-based cumulative knowledge on these (and other Agaricus species) particular species regarding food safety. This work identified the concern for long-term effects especially after high consumption of insufficiently processed mushrooms.


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