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Mushroom poisoning


Many poisonous mushrooms can be confused with edible species and eaten by mistake. Serious poisoning is fortunately rare in Britain. The best known poisonous mushroom is the Death Cap (Amanita phalloides), but many other mushrooms more commonly cause poisoning; they can be identified from a reference book or the RoSPA poster* showing poisonous fungi in colour.

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  • * Available from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Canon House, The Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 6BS; it costs 73p.