Sporeshift Mushrooms NZ Caught Selling Illegal Mushroom Spawn

  Posted on 12 July 2021  |    Terry Hitchcock  |    1 Comment

Taylor McConnell of Sporeshift mushrooms NZ has been caught selling illegal spawn on Trademe after our undercover PI purchased it. The spawn labeled as "Blue Oyster" DNA came back as an undescribed new to science species of Pleurotus SP. MPI declined to comment stating the matter is still under investigation.

The spawn has since been pulled from Trademe and the Sporeshift mushrooms website after government officials contacted Sporeshift mushrooms NZ. If anyone should know the importance of getting DNA done it should be Taylor Mcconnell. Mcconnell started a failed givealittle to try and import a blue oyster mushroom back in June 2019. But it would have been stopped in its tracks when applying to plant imports for a license.  Taylor McConnell stated that he would need extra costs for lab testing and Identification in NZ on the givealittle page.

Shockingly and very mysteriously that exact mushroom turned up for sale on TradeMe under the Sporeshift mushrooms NZ brand without any formal identification. This means somehow that exact mushroom that McConnell failed a givealittle for was illegally imported into NZ.

One grower Rochelle Alagar who also grew this illegal mushroom in The Mushroom House in Wellington has gone public saying "it came from a Chinese market in Hamelton" that would be extremely unlikely as the Asian version is a completely different species and this one is linked to the USA. 

The private investigator who ordered the spawn was shocked that it did not arrive without more than 5% colonization. 

Actual picture of the mushroom spawn (if you can call it that?) sent from Sporshift mushrooms NZ.

It took over a month for the whole bag to be fully colonized and "usable"

The private investigator was extremely surprised that he paid $13.50 for freight and the item came in a bag that only cost $4.50 freight.  The invoice did not mention postage and handling just freight. This could be breaking the consumer guarantees act. A formal complaint will be made when NZ is back to normal. Consumer complaints are treated seriously and under the consumer guarantees act the commerce commission takes the party you complained about to court for you.

But it does not end there, it is against the terms and conditions of Trademe to sell illegal goods on TradeMe. We reached out to Trademe and a Trademe representative said "if any member was caught selling illegal goods all their Trademe accounts would be removed and the owner would be barred from opening any further accounts" 

The whole case is still waiting to be heard at the environmental court the EPA Once their ruling is in the private investigator will complain to both the commerce commission and Trademe. 

In the future, I will also be pushing to MPI strict regulations to prevent this from happening again like anyone selling mushrooms or growing them for sale must have DNA verification of species. You would think any person with the slightest piece of common sense would seek DNA. The end result could only end up in killing someone.

Undescribed species like the one mentioned could have the ability to devastate native forests or ruin the horticulture industry. Some Oyster mushrooms parasite on living trees this is why the King oyster mushroom will never be allowed in NZ. The species grown here could be interfertile with the local Taonga species Pleurotus pulmonarius. 

 

More to come soon...

Update: 

An alleged illegal false fraudulent claim has been sent to google to get this URL removed form search, it reads:

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This URL states that i Sporeshift Mushrooms nz was "caught selling illegal mushrooms" , this is 100% false, the claims made in the post provide no evidence and i can guarantee myself i [REDACTED] [REDACTED] or Sporeshift Mushrooms have not been processed in selling illegal mushrooms or even had to defend against the claim in a court of law. The writer of this blog is direct competition to me, NZ Cultures also sells mushrooms spawn etc, he has written this to defame me and my Busisness and is using this blog to steal SEO and show up under a search for my website. I have to regularly explain to my customers that this accusation is false.

Written by sporeshift mushrooms nz to Google. 

Lie #1 - Caught Selling Illegal Mushroom Spawn it does not say mushrooms.

Lie #2 - this is 100% false - of course it is I never said that as above.

Lie #3 - he has written this to defame me and my Busisness and is using this blog to steal SEO and show up under a search for my website. I have to regularly explain to my customers that this accusation is false. - He has written this on behalf of the native fauna of NZ. It would be removed if the native fauna of NZ returned to being safe. As other posts have been on this website.

Lie #4 -  I have to regularly explain to my customers that this accusation is false. Not being convicted of a crime does not make doing it not illegal activity..MPI purchased the spawn from you, tested it and published they had removed an illegal to be in NZ undescribed species Pleuortus .sp. If that is not enough evidence then what could possibly more evidence on this earth than that? I am not the NZ media under media publishing regulations, I just have to be honest and be able to prove what I have said if anyone ever tried to challenge that. 

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These statements are untrue and MPI purchased the spawn, tested it and published they had removed an illegal to be in NZ undescribed species Pleuortus .sp. If that is not enough evidence then what could possibly more evidence on this earth than that?

NZ Cultures also purchased this illegal mushroom spawn from TradeMe and published the invoice above so it could make these statements legally. 

As MPI has now published this for evidence a formal complaint will now be sent to trademe about purchasing an illegal organism on its site. 

I must also remind you that Taylor Mcconnel was not upfront with MPI and did not disclose to the exactly all the people who bought this spawn or contact his customers to advise him. The private investigator we hired to purchase this spawn has never been contacted by Sporeshift mushrooms nz or MPI to stop growing this organism. He could be selling it unaware he is breaking the law. All the time I am alerted to people still growing this in NZ, but I have given up because nothing is being done to educate the public.

 

Update: July, 02, 2021

This species is still being grown in NZ I have sent purchased it multiple times and sent it to MPI. Mixed with the fact that sporeshift mushrooms nz sold spawn all over NZ and that he and Susan Jacobs failed to inform MPI or the customers that purchased it of every time it was sold. The public is unaware it is even illegal to grow this illegal to be in NZ species and doing so would equal growing illegal mushrooms. Selling mushroom spawn most certainly equals selling an illegal organism. 

 

Update: July 09, 2021

Suppressed until court actions: 

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Update: July 12, 2021

An email to TradeMe has been sent as a formal complaint informing that (illegal goods) an undescribed illegal species was purchased from the sporeshift mushrooms nz TradeMe account. 

Lets hope the spores have not shifted.