Poisoning rates soar

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Poisoning rates soar

Postby admin » Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:20 pm

A report issued on behalf of the UK Health Protection Agency's National Poisons Information Service confirms that up to the 27th September 2010 (still fairly early in the season), NHS staff sought advice on 209 cases of suspected poisoning. This was almost double the previous year’s tally of 123 cases. Significantly about a third of the victims were wild mushroom-pickers.
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Re: Poisoning rates soar

Postby Mal Greaves » Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:11 am

I am not surprised. This months issue of Bushcraft which I spotted in WHSmiths has an article about the wonderful food for free in the Amanita family :shock: This includes fulva rubescens excelsa and MUSCARIA :o
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Re: Poisoning rates soar

Postby David Edington » Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:19 am

Personally I am partial to a well sautéed Blusher :)

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Re: Poisoning rates soar

Postby Neil » Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:27 am

Mal,
Did you bring this to the attention of the shop manager as surely what was written makes the magazine illegal.
If enough responsible people complained to the shop manager something serious would be said to the publishers of Bushcraft.

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Re: Poisoning rates soar

Postby Mal Greaves » Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:17 pm

No I didn't Neil. I might give them a ring this morning just to mention it.

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Re: Poisoning rates soar

Postby GeoffDann » Sat Dec 18, 2010 1:34 am

I wonder how much this has to do with increased foraging activity, and how much to do with it being a good year for A. phalloides and virosa. I have personally seen more of both of those species in 2010 than any of the previous 20 years. I have also seen more foragers.
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Re: Poisoning rates soar

Postby GeoffDann » Sat Dec 18, 2010 1:42 am

David Edington wrote:Personally I am partial to a well sautéed Blusher :)

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Re: Poisoning rates soar

Postby Leif Goodwin » Mon Dec 20, 2010 2:02 pm

What species is that Geoff?
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Re: Poisoning rates soar

Postby David Edington » Mon Dec 20, 2010 2:37 pm

Leif Goodwin wrote:What species is that Geoff?


Hard to tell from photo but would hazard a guess at Clitocybe nebularis - Clouded Agaric/Funnel.
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Re: Poisoning rates soar

Postby Neil » Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:00 pm

Presumably because David mentioned the Blusher, I would suspect that's what Geoff has given us.

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