The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has warned about the dangers of wild mushroom foraging as seven people have been poisoned so far this year.
The authority said that 27 varieties of the fungus are toxic. There are 13 highly dangerous species in Ireland which are life threatening and can cause liver and kidney damage, while another 14 native species lead to gastrointestinal upset, it said.
Last year the National Poisons Information Centre of Ireland was notified of 22 cases of food poisoning related to wild mushroom while there have been seven cases so far this year.
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.
Dathi wrote:And followed by an outdoor ruminatory carving session. The wooden block with nails is a really useful bit of kit for all sorts of carving activities.
Followed by the fitting of a handle.
And voila! A fine bit of Ovatey kit. Total cost... less than 10 quid. Personal value..... priceless.
One for you Sciethe!
I often wanted to go primitive camping, as we call such excursions here across the pond. The challenge of getting everything one needs for living several days into a backpack really did appeal to me.
Dathi wrote:Regarding "wee beasties". I'm not at all Druidic about these. Best avoided by whatever means.
Snakes were a persistant problem in my "previous life". I have neither affection or affinity for them, BUT have seem to have been a snake magnet in my time. Luckily the only time I've been struck (fat, lazy pufadder kipping in a path in the morning sun) was when I was wearing fishing waders. This was the only time in my life that I have levitated!!!!
The lesson (as always) is SITUATIONAL AWARENESS. Basic rules are:
Don't mess with them and (generally) they won't mess with you.
Proper footwear as appropriate.
Don't stick your hands in holes or other obviously snakey places (mind the wood pile).
Keep your tent zipped closed when not in use.
Shake your boots out before putting them on.
Be careful when clearing up camp.
Learn about what you may encounter in your locality (recognition, bite protocols etc
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