Morel mushrooms have fallen prey to ever increasing reach of government. A new DNR rule requires all wild mushrooms be inspected by an approved mushroom identification expert prior to their sale at food establishments. On Thursday, April 1, 2010, the Department of Inspections and Appeals approved the emergency rule (ARC 8696B). It was was published in the April 21, 2010 Iowa Administrative Rules Bulletin (pages 2437-2438) and went into effect on April 1, 2010.
The rule provides that every morel mushroom shall be identified and found safe by a certified morel mushroom identification expert whose competence has been verified and approved by the department through the expert’s completion of a morel mushroom identification expert course provided by either an accredited college or university or a mycological society. The certified morel mushroom identification expert shall personally inspect each mushroom and determine it to be a morel mushroom. Food establishments offering morel mushrooms for sale shall maintain the following information for 90 days from the date the morels mushrooms were obtained:
- Name, address, and telephone number of the morel mushroom identification expert
- Copy of the experts course completion certificate
- Quantity of morel mushrooms purchased and the date(s) purchased
Furthermore, a consumer advisory shall inform consumers that wild mushrooms should be thoroughly cooked and may cause allergic reactions or other effects. The full text of the new emergency rule can be found on pages 39 & 40 of the linked Administrative Rules Bulletin.
Any interested person may make written suggestions or comments on this proposed amendment by May 11, 2010. Such written materials should be sent to Steven Mandernach, Administrative Rules Coordinator, Department of Inspections and Appeals, 321 E. 12th Street, Third Floor, Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, Iowa 50319. Comments may be sent by fax to (515)242-6863 or by E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.