Food Safety Certification

From the registration flyer:

Provided by the Minnesota Mycological Society Instructors: MMS Board Members

Mushroom Foragers and Food Service – Commercial Sale of Wild Foraged Mushrooms
In accordance with the Minnesota Food Code 4626.0155: Mushroom Foragers wishing to sell their Wild Foraged Mushrooms to Commercial Establishments must have successfully completed a course in:
Mushroom Identification, Traceability and Safe Food Handling and provide documentation (letter) of course completion from a Mycological Society or Academic Institute to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)

The following mushrooms will be included for identification/certification:
Morel Morchella species
Chanterelles Cantherellus species
Black Trumpet Craterellus species
Sulphur Shelf Laetiporus species

Additional Topics Covered:
 Basics of mushroom identification
 Collecting, Storage, and transportation
 Edibility concerns
 Mushrooms that may be confused with look-alikes and poisoning issues which may result from consumption

This 6 hour workshop is being offered March 4th, 2018

Registration Fee: $80.00 for non-MMS members, $70 for current MMS members–
($10 discount for previous MMS certification class attendees)
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Lebanon Hills Visitor’s Center Discovery Room
Lebanon Hills Regional Park
860 Cliff Road
Eagan, MN 55123

Payment should be sent with the registration form below. Checks made payable to MMS…put “certification class” in the memo section

To register, send Name(s) and emails with your request to:
Minnesota Mycological Society
P.O.Box 211444
Eagan, MN 55121

e-mail questions and inquiries to: John Lamprecht: jml313@aol.com
Because space is limited, it is important to return this registration as soon as possible.

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A few more words about certification from your website worker:

Control of what mushrooms show up on peoples’ plates in restaurants and in grocery stores is a food safety issue. There are poisonings every year where the picker, wholesaler, and preparer didn’t know the difference between a wonderful meal and a very sick person or worse. Despite the dangers, we as fungiphiles want to enjoy in public places the bounty that foraging provides. This discussion hopes to at least inform others of the issues and current status.

To begin, these rules only apply to people who want to sell wild-picked mushrooms, not cultivated oysters, etc. So if you sell some of what you grow, relax. Different food handling regulations apply when you are selling a threshold level of mushrooms. For personal-use identification training, there are less expensive, more extensive, and more enjoyable ways to learn mushroom identification like going on forays with clubs.

In the absence of FDA regulations, the states control this issue, and they generally have ‘better’ things to do, so it generally gets relegated to the mushrooming community. Probably a wise move. This is the case in Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio in the Great Lakes Region. Wisconsin has a “personal use only” policy but has worked with the Minnesota training in the past. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) mandates food safety rules, albeit sanctioning only part of the types that get sold. As in many places, there may be implicit acceptance of sales which no one objects. To my knowledge, a complete list of how this plays out around the continent exists only in a few peoples’ minds although such a compilation has been proposed at NAMA several times.

For those of a libertarian bent, any rules that control that may be anathema. Recently in Michigan a law to forbid regulation of mushroom sales got as far as the governors desk, which was vetoed to the general relief of the mushrooming community there. Such contentiousness has risen in many places around the country, especially around certification training. In Minnesota, the work group that developed the training went through several iterations before the current training by the Minnesota Mycological Society  in March 4, 2018.

Anecdotally, reports of the training have been good in general. Complaints have been for the cost and also “Why do I have to learn about fungi in general. Why can’t you just teach me the ones I want to pick?” which may show a lack of knowledge in itself.

So if turning your joy into a living has occurred to you, certainly follow your dream…..in an enlightened manner.