Recall: Toadstools discovered in pointed morels

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Black morels recalled for contained toadstools

Trader starts recall campaign for black morels because of contained residues of toadstools. According to the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety, the mushroom mail order company Zollner based in Bruck, Bavaria, is recalling its dried morel mushrooms, "because a piece of spring venison lorel was found in an ordered shipment."

The mushroom mail order company sold the recalled mushrooms from April to December 2012 through the internet auction house "ebay" in packs of 100 grams throughout Germany. The potentially contaminated batch with toadstools bears the expiry date of December 31, 2014, according to the authorities. Wednesday's food warning expressly discourages consumption of the products. "To avoid health risks", the morels must "no longer be consumed", according to the announcement on the portal "" of the federal states and the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety.

Risk of confusion when picking mushrooms Since poisonous laurels and black morels are very similar on the outside and often grow in the same locations, mix-ups when picking mushrooms are possible. The morels "have significantly deeper hollows on their hats than the poisonous morels and a slightly different structure, but these differences are not always immediately apparent to inexperienced mushroom pickers". In addition, spring venomous chlorchel is also regarded as an edible mushroom in some countries, however, there is always a special preparation that is intended to render the poison contained harmless.

Life-threatening poisoning from toadstools Raw is the spring poisonous chlorchel one of the most poisonous mushrooms ever. Even eating a mushroom may be enough to kill a person. The poisoning known as Gyromitra syndrome is caused by the contained toxin gyromitrin. This damages the liver - in the worst case, even acute liver failure and subsequent death. The poisonous effect of boiled poisonous laughter is considerably weaker, but the harmful effects of health are also attributed to the intake of small doses of gyromitrin. For example, the mushroom poison is considered carcinogenic and beneficial for allergies. In view of such risks, it is imperative not to consume the dried pointed morels of the mushroom mail order company Zollner that have now been recalled. (fp)

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