Mushroom hunters cautioned in flood areas

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Morel mushroom hunters are advised to take extra caution this season and not pick them from — or near — previously flooded areas.

The Nebraska Extension Office said morel mushrooms are porous and fragile, making them almost impossible to clean. Due to potential human pathogens in the flood waters, this creates a food safety hazard for anyone who consumes them, according to state health experts.

Mushrooms in previously flooded areas should be avoided altogether this year, even after the recommended waiting period.