Wild Mushroom Food Safety Certification

This is a 5 year mushroom foraging permit that will allow for sale of wild, foraged mushrooms. The class is a 2 day event, hosted several times a year in different regions. Every state has slightly different rules, which are taught in each class by one of our 6 instructors. Signups will receive a study guide and slides 4 weeks ahead of the class.

  • Multiple state program
  • 5 year certification
  • Taught by approved and experienced instructors
  • Online recertification and program updates

This permit may be valid in other states that have adopted a Code 13 policy, your state can contact us to evaluate and approve this permit for your state’s food safety authority.


This permit allows for sale of wild foraged mushrooms in the following states:
South Carolina | Georgia | Rhode IslandNorth Carolina | Virginia | Pennsylvania | New York Alabama 


Email us at [email protected] with any questions.

State-by-State Approved Species List

Includes Additional Health Safety Protocols (Updated April, 2022)

SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA,  RHODE ISLAND

  • Chanterelles (Cantharellus spp. Exception C. persicinus)
  • Morels (Morchella spp.)
  • Black trumpet (Craterellus fallax)
  • Lobster (Hypomyces lactifluorum)
  • Wood ears (Auricularia spp.)
  • Chicken of the woods (Laetiporus spp. Exception L. persicinus)
  • Beefsteak (Fistulina hepatica)
  • Hedgehog (Hydnum repandum, H. albomagnum)
  • Lions mane / Pom Pom / Bearded tooth / Bear’s head (Hericium spp.)
  • Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus spp. Exception Pleurotus levisP. dryinus)
  • Cauliflower (Sparassis spp.)
  • Maitake / Hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa)
  • Blewit (Lepista nuda)
  • Honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea, A. tabescens)
  • Blue milky (Lactarius indigo)
  • Golden and burgundy milkies (Lactarius corrugisL.volemus, L. hygrophoroides)
  • Pecan truffle (Tuber spp.)

SC & RI Requirements: Harvest Log, Tracking numbers on Boxes and Invoices. Restaurants retain records for 30 days.

GA Requirements: Harvest Log, Tracking numbers on Boxes and Invoices. Restaurants retain records for 90 days.

NORTH CAROLINA

  • Chanterelles (Cantharellus spp. Exception C. persicinus)
  • Morels (Morchella spp.)
  • Black trumpet (Craterellus fallax)
  • Lobster (Hypomyces lactifluorum)
  • Chicken of the woods (Laetiporus spp. Exception L. persicinus)
  • Beefsteak (Fistulina hepatica)
  • Hedgehog (Hydnum repandum, H. albomagnum)
  • Lions mane / Pom Pom / Bearded tooth / Bear’s head (Hericium spp.)
  • Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus spp. Exception Pleurotus levisP. dryinus)
  • Cauliflower (Sparassis spp.)
  • Maitake / Hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa)
  • Honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea, A. tabescens)
  • Blue milky (Lactarius indigo)
  • Golden and burgundy milkies (Lactarius corrugisL.volemus, L. hygrophoroides)
  • Puffballs (Lycoperdon spp., Calvatia spp.)

NC Requirements: Harvest Log, NC Wild Mushroom Verification Form (Forager is approved at Health Department). TAGS available at health department for attaching to boxes. Restaurants retain a copy of verification form and tags for 90 days after purchase.

Verification Form: https://ehs.ncpublichealth.com/docs/forms/WildMushroomBuyerVerificationForm-FINAL-May2017.pdf

Link to Position Statements: https://ehs.ncpublichealth.com/docs/position/WildForagedMushroomPositionStatement-FINAL-May12-2017.pdf

VIRGINIA

  • Chanterelles (Cantharellus spp. Exception C. persicinus)
  • Morels (Morchella spp.)
  • Black trumpet (Craterellus fallax)
  • Lobster (Hypomyces lactifluorum)
  • Wood ears (Auricularia spp.)
  • Chicken of the woods (Laetiporus spp. Exception L. persicinus)
  • Beefsteak (Fistulina hepatica)
  • Hedgehog (Hydnum repandum, H. albomagnum)
  • Lions mane / Pom Pom / Bearded tooth / Bear’s head (Hericium spp.)
  • Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus spp. Exception Pleurotus levisP. dryinus)
  • Cauliflower (Sparassis spp.)
  • Maitake / Hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa)
  • Blewit (Lepista nuda)
  • Honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea, A. tabescens)
  • Blue milky (Lactarius indigo)
  • Golden and burgundy milkies (Lactarius corrugisL.volemus, L. hygrophoroides)
  • Pecan truffle (Tuber spp.)
  • Puffballs (Lycoperdon spp., Calvatia spp.)
  • Bolete species: King bolete / Cep / Porcini (Boletus edulis, B. chippewaensis)
  • Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)
  • Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma curtisii, G. tsugae, G. sessile)
  • Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor)

VA Requirements: Harvest Log, Tracking numbers on Boxes and Invoices. Restaurants retain records for 90 days once container is emptied.

Wild Mushroom Harvester Application: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pdf/mushroom-harvester-application.pdf
Wild Mushroom Retail Sales Application: 
http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pdf/mushroom-retail-application.pdf

PENNSYLVANIA

  • Chanterelles (Cantharellus spp. Exception C. persicinus)
  • Blue chanterelle (Polyozellus multiplex)
  • Morels (Morchella spp.)
  • Black trumpet (Craterellus fallax)
  • Lobster (Hypomyces lactifluorum)
  • Wood ears (Auricularia spp.)
  • Chicken of the woods (Laetiporus spp. Exception L. persicinus)
  • Beefsteak (Fistulina hepatica)
  • Hedgehog (Hydnum repandum, H. albomagnum)
  • Lions mane / Pom Pom / Bearded tooth / Bear’s head (Hericium spp.)
  • Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus spp. Exception Pleurotus levisP. dryinus)
  • Cauliflower (Sparassis spp.)
  • Maitake / Hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa)
  • Blewit (Lepista nuda)
  • Honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea, A. tabescens)
  • Blue milky (Lactarius indigo)
  • Golden and burgundy milkies (Lactarius corrugisL.volemus, L. hygrophoroides)
  • Pecan truffle (Tuber spp.)
  • Puffballs (Lycoperdon spp., Calvatia spp.)
  • Bolete species: King bolete / Cep / Porcini (Boletus edulis, B. chippewaensis)
  • Matsutake (Tricholoma magnivelare)
  • Shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus)

PA Requirements: Harvest Log, Tracking numbers on Boxes and Invoices. Restaurants retain records for 30 days.

Link to position statements: https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/consumer_protection/FoodSafety/Eggs-Fruit-Vegetables/Documents/Guidance%20for%20Wild%20Mushroom%20Harvesters%20in%20PA.pdf

NEW YORK

  • Chanterelles (Cantharellus spp. Exception C. persicinus)
  • Blue chanterelle (Polyozellus multiplex)
  • Morels (Morchella spp.)
  • Black trumpet (Craterellus fallax)
  • Lobster (Hypomyces lactifluorum)
  • Wood ears (Auricularia spp.)
  • Chicken of the woods (Laetiporus spp. Exception L. persicinus)
  • Beefsteak (Fistulina hepatica)
  • Hedgehog (Hydnum repandum, H. albomagnum)
  • Lions mane / Pom Pom / Bearded tooth / Bear’s head (Hericium spp.)
  • Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus spp. Exception Pleurotus levis, P. dryinus)
  • Cauliflower (Sparassis spp.)
  • Maitake / Hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa)
  • Blewit (Lepista nuda)
  • Honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea, A. tabescens)
  • Blue milky (Lactarius indigo)
  • Golden and burgundy milkies (Lactarius corrugis, L.volemus, L. hygrophoroides)
  • Pecan truffle (Tuber spp.)
  • Puffballs (Lycoperdon spp., Calvatia spp.)
  • Bolete species: King bolete / Cep / Porcini (Boletus edulis, B. chippewaensis)
  • Matsutake (Tricholoma magnivelare)
  • Shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus)

NY Requirements: Harvest Log, Tracking numbers on Boxes and Invoices. Restaurants retain records for 30 days. It is not legal in New York to sell wild mushrooms as of yet. As soon as it is, we will update this page. 

ALABAMA

Only the following wild harvested mushroom species may be offered for sale or service in a food service establishment:

    • Beefsteak (Fistulina hepatica)
    • Black Trumpet (Craterellus fallax)
    • Blewits (Lepista nuda)
    • Blue Milky (Lactarius indigo)
    • Cauliflower (Sparassis spp.)
    • Chanterelles (Cantharellus spp. Exception C. persicinus)
    • Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus spp. Exception L. persicinus)
    • Golden and Burgundy Milkies (Lactarius corrugis, L.volemus, L. hygrophoroides)
    • Green Quilted Russula (Russula virescens, R. parvovirescens, R. crustosa)
    • Hedgehog (Hydnum repandum, H. albomagnum)
    • Honey mushrooms (Armillaria mellea, A.tabescens)
    • Lions Mane or Pom Pom or Bearded tooth or Bear’s head (Hericium spp.)
    • Lobster (Hypomyces lactifluorum)
    • Maitake or Hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa)
    • Morels (Morchella spp.)
    • Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus spp. Exception Pleurotus levis, P. dryinus)
    • Pecan Truffle (Tuber spp.)
    • Puffballs (Lycoperdon spp., Calvatia spp.)
    • Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma curtisii, G. tsugae, G. sessile)
    • Shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus)
    • Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor)
    • Umbrella Polypore (Cladomeris umbellata)
    • Wood Ears (Auricularia spp.)

AL Requirements: Restaurants apply for and receive a variance approval to use wild harvested mushrooms, Buyers Specification Record attached to container of mushrooms. Restaurants retain records for 90 days.

Rules oF Alabama State Board Of Health Bureau Of Environmental  Services Chapter 420-3-22 For Food Esstablishment Sanitation: https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/environmental/assets/foodrules2020.pdf