Missouri Department of Health Approved Workshops
Saint Louis County, Missouri - The Missouri Mycological Society (MOMS) is offering three-hour certification workshops for anyone wishing to sell morel mushrooms in Missouri. The aim of the workshop is to help assure that mushrooms sold as morels in the state are actually morels.
The training is in response to the adoption of the Missouri Food Code that became effective June 2013.
The following are excerpts:
The code defines: Wild mushroom identification expert as an individual who provides the regulatory authority with a letter or certificate verifying successful completion of a wild mushroom identification course provided by either an accredited college or university or a mycological society.
The code also states in section: 3-201.16 Wild Mushrooms
(A) Except as specified in ¶ (B) of this section, mushroom species picked in the wild shall be obtained from sources where each mushroom is individually inspected and found to be safe by an approved wild mushroom identification expert.
(B) This section does not apply to:
(1) Cultivated wild mushroom species that are grown, harvested, and processed in an operation that is regulated by the food regulatory agency that has jurisdiction over the operation; or
(2) Wild mushroom species if they are in packaged form and are the product of a food processing plant that is regulated by the food regulatory agency that has jurisdiction over the plant.
Each workshop will include the following:
MOREL MUSHROOM CERTIFICATION
At the completion of the workshop participants will receive wall-size and wallet-size training certificates. The certification earned by successfully completeing the workshop is a three-year certification. All people wishing to sell morel mushrooms in Missouri must be certified.
~ The workshops for 2017 will be held at the Springfield-Greene County Library District, 4653 S Campbell Ave, Springfield, MO 65810 [room B] on the following dates and times:
Please park in the front parking lot and enter through the front of the building.
To attend a workshop, contact Dan Liles at (417) 234-6205 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sara Schuh at email@example.com by March 9th. This is important for planning the space and materials in the training venue. No one will be allowed to take the course without preregistering, and on arrival, presenting their Drivers License, before workshop admittence.
The workshop fee is $75 per person, payable through PayPal or sending a check.