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Are you planning to sell wild mushrooms in Michigan?

The U.S. Public Health Service, F.D.A., 2009 Food Code, established rules for the commercial collecting and selling of wild mushrooms in all states, including Michigan. In order to legally collect and sell wild-foraged mushrooms anywhere in the United States, a person must be an expert in the identification of wild mushrooms. Otherwise, there is a danger that poisonous varieties may be collected and sold. The consumption of poisonous varieties of mushrooms can lead to illness or death, so it is imperative that all people who collect and sell wild-foraged mushrooms be properly trained in the identification of mushrooms.

In some states, farmers markets require mushroom vendors to sign agreements releasing the municipality and Market Manager from damage claims in the event of the illness or death of a consumer. Insurance underwriters associated with municipal sponsors of farmers markets may require the municipality to carry additional liability insurance. Other restrictions may include limiting mushroom varieties to certain of the more common ones like morel, oyster, sulfur shelf, and chanterelles.

Basket of chanterelles
Basket of morels

It does not matter if you are selling chanterelles (on left) or morels (on right),
you are required to follow the new regulations.

Michigan regulations regarding wild-foraged mushrooms.

In Michigan, in order to legally collect and sell wild-foraged mushrooms, a person must an approved mushroom identification expert. This entails the successful completion of a mushroom identification program that is approved by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). For information on the MAMI program designed to train individuals to be expert mushroom identifiers, please click here:     Workshops

Below is a summary of applicable Michigan regulations regarding wild-foraged mushrooms:

If you would like to review the applicable Michigan statute, click on this button:     Michigan statute