Fungi, Mushrooms and Mushroom Spawn
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do I need a permit to import unknown fungi isolated from: plants, insects, soil, or water?
A. Yes, a PPQ 526 permit is required because the fungi may be a plant pest.
Q. I have a colleague in another state who wants some cultures of a plant pathogenic fungus from me. This same fungus already occurs in my colleague’s state. Is a permit required to send this fungus to my colleague?
A. Yes, the recipient must have a PPQ 526 permit to receive the fungus. Permits are required for interstate movement and importation of plant pests.
Q. I would like to import mushroom spawn for mushroom production. Do I need a permit?
A. If it is not spawn of a harmful species, no PPQ 526 Permit is required from us. Please let us know what species you want to import, and we will tell you whether a PPQ 526 Permit is required.
Q. I want to import mushrooms for consumption (eating). Do I need a permit?
A. No PPQ permit is required for mushrooms for consumption. The mushrooms must be free of soil, wood/wood chips, pests and diseases and will be inspected at the U.S. port of entry.
Q. Can my family bring me dried mushrooms from China or other countries when they come to the U.S. to visit?
A. Yes, dried mushroom are enterable to the U.S. They must be free of soil, insects, diseases and contamination from other plant material.
Q. I would like to import mushroom spawn from China or other countries into the U.S. Do I need a permit?
A. You need to tell us the genus and species of the fungus. Then we will determine if a PPQ 526 Permit is required.