Food Law News - UK - 2008

FSA News Item, 1 October 2008

HYGIENE - New guide for wild game sellers

An updated version of the Agency's wild game guide has been published today. Targeting hunters who supply game that has not been plucked or skinned and those selling small quantities of wild game meat, it gives information on hygiene regulations and ways to make sure meat is safe to eat.

The Agency produced the guide in partnership with the Meat Hygiene Policy Forum Working Group and the Wild Game Group, which is made up of stakeholders from the wild game meat industry.

The guide covers food safety advice, commonly-asked questions, approved game handling establishments and relevant training options. There is an easy-to-follow flowchart on hygiene regulations and checklists for hunters to follow.

Chair of the Wild Game Group, Tim Hoggarth, said: 'I greatly welcome this very helpful and practical guide, which has been written with input and agreement from, amongst others, hunters, dealers, conservationists and veterinarians.'

Peter Hewson, Acting Veterinary Director at the Food Standards Agency, said: 'This is a useful, easy to understand guide that answers all the commonly answered questions about game. This will give confidence to the game industry and to those who sell and buy wild game.'

An on-line version of the Guide is available on the FSA web site.

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