Mushroom poisonings this year are on the rise. Peter Hultén, a pharmacist at the Swedish Poisons Information Centre, says that the frequency of calls to the center has increased significantly in July and August, "we're already witnessing a substantial surge in inquiries compared to previous years," he said in a press release.
The Swedish Medical Products Agency says that mushroom pickers should educate themselves and learn which mushrooms are toxic before consuming the mushrooms they pick. The agency also warns against allowing children to eat any foraged mushrooms, as consuming poisonous mushrooms can cause severe poisoning.
To avoid the most dangerous mushroom varieties, the authority advises avoiding "white and green mushrooms with white gills, and brown mushrooms with brown gills."