• Austria's news in English
 

Holidays financed with black market mushrooms

Published: 22 Aug 2014 16:30 GMT+02:00

Austria’s wet summer has been great for mushrooms, which have been popping up across the country’s woodlands.

And many top chefs probably think nothing of being offered fresh mushrooms for sale by tourists, but Carinthia’s mountain guard is cautioning them that this is a black market and they could find themselves under investigation by the police.

"Buying and selling without a license is prohibited by law," an investigator from the Soko mountain rescue team said.

In some cases, people have been selling up to 50 kilograms of mushrooms to Carinthian restaurants, and they are often holidaymakers who have been plundering the forests to pay for their vacation.

The mountain guard has said it will continue to monitor deliveries of mushrooms to Carinthia’s eating establishments.

For more stories about Austria, join us on Facebook and Twitter

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Former finance minister to 'modernise' Ukraine
Michael Spindelegger. Photo: APA/Fohringer

Former finance minister to 'modernise' Ukraine

Austria’s former finance minister Michael Spindelegger, who resigned last year over tax reform, has a new job as director of the Agency for the Modernization of Ukraine (AMU) it was announced on Tuesday. READ  

Vienna cafes set to raise price of coffee
Photo: APA/Techt

Vienna cafes set to raise price of coffee

Drinking a melange (a coffee with milk foam) in one of Vienna’s traditional cafes could soon become a pricey extravagance, as the strong dollar will make importing coffee more expensive. READ  

Police warn young men of 'sextortion' scam
Police investigating the online scam. Photo: Upper Austrian Police

Police warn young men of 'sextortion' scam

Police in Austria are warning men to be wary of falling victim to a form of online crime that has been nicknamed "sextortion" and which they say is on the rise in the EU. READ  

Lawyers fight to prove Aliyev case 'not suicide'
Lawyer Manfred Ainedter. Photo: APA/Techt

Lawyers fight to prove Aliyev case 'not suicide'

Lawyers of the dead Kazakh dissident Rakhat Aliyev, who was found hanging in his prison cell in Vienna last week, have said they will fight to prove that his death was not a suicide - contrary to what Austrian prosecutors have ruled. READ  

'La Familia' drug clan busted in Vienna
Photo: APA/TECHT

'La Familia' drug clan busted in Vienna

Vienna police have busted a family of drug dealers and arrested 18 people including the clan head who is said to have made his children addicted to cocaine so that they would be “better dealers”. READ  

Wrestler critically injured after 'powerbomb' move
Okic in action. Photo: CreativGruppe

Wrestler critically injured after 'powerbomb' move

A 23-year-old Bosnian wrestler is in an artificial coma after being seriously injured in the Catch Wrestling Championships which were held over the weekend in Kindberg, Styria. READ  

'Mothers School' to combat radicalization
Schlaffer, second from left, with ministers and leaders of Mothers Schools from Kashmir, Pakistan and India. Photo: Regina Aigner/BKA

'Mothers School' to combat radicalization

A network for mothers who are concerned that their children might fall under the influence of violent extremist ideologies is being launched in Austria - similar to other successful projects in India and Pakistan. READ  

Austria stops payments on Hypo 'bad bank' debts
Headquarters of the Hypo Alpe Adria bank in Klagenfurt. Photo: PA/GERT EGGENBERGER

Austria stops payments on Hypo 'bad bank' debts

Austria has announced it is halting payments on more than €11 billion ($12.28 billion) in debts of the failed Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank International AG until it has found a way of winding down the bank without imposing more costs on taxpayers. READ  

Retired judge acquitted in Kampusch case
Retired judge Johann Rzeszut. Photo: APA/ROLAND SCHLAGER

Retired judge acquitted in Kampusch case

Exclusive: Investigative journalist Flemming Emil Hansen delves into the legal morass that surrounded the 'botched' handling of the investigation of the abduction and escape of Natascha Kampusch, with the acquittal this week of a former supreme court president on charges of perjury. READ  

UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case
Simon Bacher. Photo: Sue Bacher

UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case

The United Nations has asked Austria for an explanation after a British woman complained that her 25-year-old disabled son has been left stranded in their home every time there is bad weather because of bureaucratic red tape. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Society
Kampusch judge in perjury acquittal
Features
Help Me Helen: How to avoid saying things you'll later regret
National
Ten phrases you'll only hear at work in Austria
Culture
Austrian gourmet cuisine proves to be a highlight in London
Culture
Pickled herring on Ash Wednesday - a culinary treat
Features
How superstitious are Austrians? The Local lists a few of the stranger ideas
Features
British musician Tall William on mapping Vienna's music scene
International
What's keeping UK expats from voting?
Features
Nine things to know before dating an Austrian
Business & Money
FATCA: 'The age of financial privacy is over'
National
Celebrating immigration with beautiful accessories
Gallery
Sponsored: Fun factory for the under-fives
Health
Help Me Helen: How to avoid invalidating others
International
How should Austria respond to Russia's new aggressive foreign policy?
Health
Expat Profile: Helen Rudinsky
Features
How Austria's music scene inspired the pioneer of Electro Swing
National
Europe in statistics - from Spain to Sweden
Features
Bitcoins are growing in Austria - but what are they?
National
12,000 support IAmCharlie in Vienna
Health
Gender identity is all in your head.
Technology
How to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus
Gallery
Daniel Craig enjoys the view with Lea Seydoux and Dave Bautista
Culture
Celebrate an Austrian New Year with The Local
National
Top stories on The Local in 2014
Culture
Our pick of the best German language idioms
Travel & Tourism
The most common mistakes tourists make in Austria
Society
Afghan refugees get integration help
Society
Waiting to be smuggled into Austria after a tortuous journey
Culture
Facing up to death over coffee and cake
Gallery
What foods did Austrians search the most in 2014?
National
Why has The Local got a new logo?
Society
Vienna's Ring is about to celebrate its 150th birthday
Travel & Tourism
A slice of Austria in northern California
International
An Austrian surgeon is working to repair broken bodies in Ukraine
Travel & Tourism
Tales of Couchsurfing in Vienna
International
Nuclear incidents show dangers of weapons
Gallery
Ten things to know before you party with an Austrian
Society
The Congress of Vienna revisited
Society
New museum houses memories of Kindertransport children
International
Is Vienna at the heart of a possible new European war?
Gallery
Images from the ice storm which hit Lower Austria on the weekend
National
Returning home after 20 years away and starting a business
National
Holocaust survivors' family retrace grandparents' steps in Vienna
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

200
jobs available