Does anyone know where I can find a state by state list of laws about selling wild mushrooms? Or laws about selling and collecting any and all wild foods?
I have worked on just doing a "Google" type search but it is slow. If anyone knows of a good list of links somewhere, that would be helpful.
To clarify what I am working on: I am making a state by state list of laws re the collection of wild foods including mushrooms plus the state laws about selling wild foods including mushrooms. I am working on it by "google" searches and it would help greatly if anyone here can share the laws they know for their own state or a link to a regulating authority. Thank you if anyone can help with this work.
I will suggest the old fashioned method of calling the dept in each state that regulates food sales.
Or, maybe even emailing the folks in each state's food/health dept with your question.
Sometimes the Ag dept has a say too.
Maybe other depts depending on state e.g. Department of Natural Resources
My guess is that every state has some laws re: this.
Make sure to ask what the statute #(s) is/are for collection and sale of wild procured foods.
It might help to specify if you are only interested in wild-collected plants vs. animals -- if that is the case.
If the person doesn't know offhand, they can easily email you the link(s).
As they are civil servants, I would make them do the leg work for you as much as possible.
I have also searched for similar info regarding food sales, not always easy to locate on google.
I found the info (not what you need), but for clarification of the "grey" areas, I called health dept.
When I called, I got answers really quickly and the people were more than helpful.
There may even be "food sources" labeled as noxious/invasive weeds. This might lead to some strange grey areas of the law if the plants aren't allowed to be sold.
But if you "manage" those plants . . .?
I think email is the easiest way, mass email with bcc for every state -- if no response, call.
Set up email filter by state to sort your responses.
That's my 2 cents.
A lot of things come out of nowhere, so look everywhere.
Mary Ann Asbill
Location: Western North Carolina
posted 7 years ago
Thank you. I am trying emails and phone calls but, so far, very few people reply! Yes, they may be civil employees but, maybe they are too busy. I only heard from two, so far,
and both said they did not know! Thanks. I will keep plugging away.
The healthfood store where I want to sell mushrooms at when they do grow has told me no on wild collected mushrooms, just because they arent pros there and dont want to get something dangerous. If I want to sell there then I need my property looked at by the ag dept. I think just so they know they arent wild. This is michigan but morels are often sold and they are wild but it is hard to screw them up I guess lol.
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