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Wild game guidance

Hygiene regulations for supplying game for human consumption.
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Wild game guidance document

The wild game guidance applies to: 

  • food businesses
  • hunters of wild game and the supply of it either in-fur or in-feather or as small quantities of wild game meat 

Additional information for different supply scenarios is available in the guidance.

Wild game

Wild game is defined in Annex l of Regulation 853/2004 as:

  • wild ungulates
  • wild birds

Wild ungulates

Wild ungulates are land mammals that are hunted for human consumption.

These can include:

  • squirrels
  • hooved animals such as wild deer
  • feral wild boar
  • certain feral populations of sheep and goats
  • rabbits and hares

Wild birds

Wild birds are those that are hunted for human consumption. An example of this is a pheasant that has been hatched/reared under controlled conditions before being released into the wild to be hunted.

Wild game photo guidance

The wild game photo guidance provides examples of good and bad practice. The document covers:

  • cross contamination
  • good and bad transportation
  • bad storage
  • storage in chiller
  • game larders
  • trained person declarations
  • in-feather, plucked and oven ready small wild game

Trained person declaration

Any carcases taken to or picked up by an Approved Game Handling Establishment (AGHE) must have had an initial examination by a trained person.

The carcases must also have a declaration attached, regardless of who shot the deer.

This declaration must include information about the:

  • species
  • sex
  • date
  • time and location shot
  • identification number

A statement must also be included to describe any features that were found and can also include:

  • any abnormal behaviour
  • carcass characteristics
  • environmental contamination

This statement must be signed by a trained person.