Wild Harvested Mushrooms

Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) Food Safety regulations require that mushrooms picked in the wild for sale must be individually inspected for safety by an approved mushroom identification expert. Note that these regulations do NOT apply to cultivated
mushrooms, such as shiitakes, but only to mushrooms harvested in the
wild. Cultivated mushrooms do NOT require approval by an identification expert. Anyone who wants to be recognized as a mushroom identification expert for the purposes of meeting this regulation must apply to KDA by email to KDA.FSL@ks.gov. The application email must include:

  • the applicant’s name, address, and phone number;
  • the variety or varieties of wild harvested edible mushroom for which recognition is sought;
  • a description of the applicant’s years and kind of experience identifying mushrooms; and,
  • information about any certification courses completed by the applicant.



Source: Wild Harvested Mushrooms