Food safety bosses have revised their advice on the use of mushrooms.
The Food Standards Agency said cultivated mushrooms no longer need to be peeled or cooked before consumption, following consultations with the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food.
The original stance, that mushrooms must be prepared before eating, was prompted by a single case of Salmonella Kedougou back in 2001.
However, the new advice applies only to commercially cultivated mushrooms and not wild varieties.
The news means the mushroom industry can once again promote their produce as a salad vegetable.