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CDC reports 2 trichinellosis outbreaks traced to walrus meat

Federal officials this week made public details of two outbreaks of Trichinella infections in Alaska in the past 12 months, both linked to undercooked walrus meat. Long associated with undercooked pork, the majority of cases of Trichinella infections in the U.S. since the late 1990s have been caused by wild game species that are not in… Continue Reading

Seven E. coli O45 Cases Linked to Smoked Meat

Three more E. coli infections have now been confirmed in people who ate smoked ready-to-eat meat products processed in Wisconsin. In late December, the Marathon County Health Department identified four people who became sick after eating E. coli-contaminated smoked meat products made from wild game and purchased at Zillman Meat Market in Wausau. On Tuesday,… Continue Reading

Four Ill from E. coli in Smoked Wild Game

Four people became ill, and one was hospitalized, after contracting E.coli infections from eating smoked ready-to-eat meat products processed at Zillman Meat Market in Wausau, WI, according to an announcement from the Marathon County Health Department Thursday. The custom smoked meat products were made from wild game processed from Sept. 30, 2010, through Nov. 13,… Continue Reading

Guidelines for Safely Processing Wild Game

With the 2010 hunting season under way, the Michigan Departments of Agriculture (MDA) and Natural Resources (DNRE) have issued a press release reminding hunters and retail food establishments to follow safe handling guidelines when processing wild game. “By following safe handling and processing protocols for wild game, venison processors can help minimize the risk of… Continue Reading

Food Safety Tips For Hunters

Hunting season is well underway.  Countless hopeful men, women, and children dressed in camouflage and bright orange have ventured into the wilderness in search of wild game. Like livestock, deer, elk, wild pigs, and other game can carry pathogenic bacteria like E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, and Campylobacter jejuni. Proper processing can help keep food safe… Continue Reading