With hunting season in full swing, hunters can benefit from several educational publications and videos related to wild game food safety.
“Game meat can provide a nutritious, delicious and sometimes less expensive alternative to traditional meat products sold in the grocery store,” said Rebecca Dittmar, AgriLife Extension family and community health specialist for food protection management, Kerrville. “But safe handling and processing in the field, along with proper storage and preparation, is critical to preventing spoilage and foodborne illness.”
Dittmar said the AgriLife Extension Food Safety Education site has publications and instructional videos to help hunters ensure their own safety as well as the safety of the wild game they harvest from their hunting.
Topics addressed on the site include Texas hunting rules and regulations, basic hunting guidelines, nutrition, how to properly field dress an animal, packaging meat for storage, cooking wild game, safe handling of fish and chronic wasting disease.
“The site also has a video from which you can learn how to properly package your meat using eight simple steps,” she said. “You only need four items, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re packaging wild game, bulk purchases from retail stores, ground meat or whole cuts – the steps are the same.”
Dittmar said the AgriLife Extension Food Safety Education site also has links to other sites where there are recipes and directions for cooking a variety of large and small wild game animals.
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