Seven people ill from wild mushrooms
DEADLY mushrooms growing in the wild have poisoned seven people so far this year.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has warned about the dangers of foraging as 27 varieties are toxic.
There are 13 highly dangerous species in Ireland which can cause liver and kidney damage, while another 14 native species lead to gastrointestinal upset.
Ray Ellard, director of consumer protection, said it is extremely difficult to identify the safe mushrooms growing in the wild, as opposed to the poisonous varieties.
"Cooking does not kill the potentially toxic chemicals that can be found in some wild mushrooms," he said.
The FSAI warning coincides with the start of the mushroom foraging season.