To sell wild mushrooms to food establishments in Minnesota, the Minnesota Food Code requires an approved (safe) source of wild mushrooms. A mushroom identification expert is someone who is qualified to forage and sell wild mushrooms to food establishments. Mushroom identification experts must:
- Complete a mushroom identification course at an accredited college, university, or mycological society. The identification course must cover the species of the mushroom the individual intends to forage and sell.
- Currently mushroom identification courses are only being offered in Minnesota by the Minnesota Mycological Society, please visit their website to see upcoming trainings and events.
- Obtain a letter from an accredited college, university, or mycological society certifying successful completion of a wild mushroom identification course.
- The letter must be on file with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). A copy of the letter can be emailed to ProduceSafety.MDA@state.mn.us or mailed to:
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2018 Jefferson Road
Northfield, MN 55057
If you plan on selling mushrooms that you forage, please contact the licensing liaison, they will be able to determine if a license will be required call 651-201-6081 or email MDA.FoodLicensingLiaison@state.mn.us.
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