January 6th, 2012
04:25 AM ET

Deadly mushrooms served as part of meal that kills 2, officials say

A meal containing the world's most deadly mushroom is responsible for killing two people and sickening another in Canberra, Australian health officials said Friday.

The meal, which contained death cap mushrooms, was part of a private meal served at a restaurant on New Year's Day, the Australian Health Directorate said.

"The Health Directorate has been advised that the consumption of this food was for a private meal and no food containing the mushrooms was provided to the general public or anyone outside of this small group," the directorate said in a statement.

The restaurant, where the mushrooms were prepared, remains closed.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Will this item inspire more reflections on the thinking of Agatha Christie or Charles Darwin?

    January 6, 2012 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Good morning, JIF©.

    Did the dinner party *know* they were going to be served this?
    And if so, I wonder why people have this fascination for deadly foods?
    Such as the puffer fish?

    They *know* it's deadly...

    "Nah, it won't happen to me?"

    January 6, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    Be careful who you invite to a "pot luck" dinner!

    January 6, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    All I know about picking mushrooms to eat is that I don't know enough.

    January 6, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    All I know is that I won't be eating any in Canberra...

    January 6, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. rooney

    @banasy 7:35 post – Agreed

    January 6, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tcr C2

    Obviously they were not the magical ones

    January 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |