national

Rest stop in Shiga mistakenly sells poisonous mushrooms

15 Comments

Shiga prefectural officials said Monday that rest stop on an expressway in Shiga Prefecture mistakenly sold poisonous mushrooms to travelers.

Officials said that as of Monday, 14 people had become ill from eating the mushrooms, TBS reported.

Prefectural officials said they found out on Sept 20 that the Kutsuki Shinhonjin rest stop near Takashima City had mistakenly sold 12 packs of "oyster mushrooms" apparently had poisonous "moonlight mushrooms" mixed in with them, TBS reported.

Both oyster and moonlight mushrooms are very similar in shape and color. However, health officials said that one hour after eating moonlight mushrooms, an individual is likely to suffer from severe stomach pain and diarrhea.

The rest stop is taking action and recalling all of the items, after which an investigation into the matter will commence.

© Japan Today

©2020 GPlusMedia Inc.

15 Comments
Login to comment

No mushrooms for me! I do not even like the taste, let alone risk my LIFE for that crap!

-13 ( +3 / -16 )

Interesting ... a few weeks ago I mentioned to a Japanese acquaintance that in parts of Europe, every village has a "mushroom specialist" who can distinguish the safe ones from the dangerous ones. She retorted "in Japan, everyone knows how to do that!" Guess not, huh?

8 ( +16 / -8 )

Sometimes people from Asia and Europe come to California, go mushroom hunting, and get sick or die because some poisonous mushrooms here look like the safe mushrooms from their home country.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

What age were the pickers, sorters and vendors? Expect more of this as early dementia sets in.

1 ( +8 / -6 )

Very professional.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Remember when "poisoness " mushrooms were legal to buy and sell in Japan? Granted they were illegal to eat.. And I'm sure everyone who knows what I'm talking about obeyed that law. But yeah.. I miss the good ole days.. Like what 12 years ago

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Flash backs to Bali in the 80's. You could buy a steak with 'poisonous' mushrooms on it. It was quite popular.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

What is the official word on how these allowances are to be used? Must say somewhere if not ?

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Was that the good poison or the bad kind?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

This is why I generally avoid fungi. (Fungi? He was a RIOT!) Too easy to make an error.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Here in Japan, very commom to eat the mushrooms, the problem is the people that don't have experience to choose the right mushrooms, so, isn't problem to all japaneses...

1 ( +1 / -0 )

My Czech family are mushroom hunters for over 3 generations now. No one ever fell sick after eating traditionally bountiful harvest of porcini mushrooms. Having said that, it does happen on some occasion that we colect mushroom but later have to dispose them when we find out, during clean up, that they are actually not eatable or even outright poisonous.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Interesting ... a few weeks ago I mentioned to a Japanese acquaintance that in parts of Europe, every village has a "mushroom specialist" who can distinguish the safe ones from the dangerous ones. She retorted "in Japan, everyone knows how to do that!" Guess not, huh?

And you just lowered yourself to her level. Are you able to see that both of you are part of the bigger problem?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

What is the official word on how these allowances are to be used? Must say somewhere if not ?

Allowances? What are you talking about? Been eating a few of the mushrooms maybe?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Mushroom collecting is no casual affair and if your not on top of it, serious sometimes fatal results will occur. You would think that a store that sells shrooms from the local forest would know their products better.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites