April 27, 2010
Trouble Ahead for Wild Game Processors?
By Chad Love
Hunting is a perfect fit for the newfound popularity and acceptance of the slow food/locavore movement, but could new proposed USDA testing requirements have an adverse effect on small meat processors who also process wild game? Maybe, according to this story on Salon. It doesn't mention wild game specifically, but many small meat processing plants also process many hunters' deer.
From the story:
That wailing you hear in the distance is the sound of small meat processors begging the USDA for mercy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service recently proposed a set of new regulations that will require all meat processors to submit their products to a new series of tests, a procedure that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for even a modestly scaled operation, enough to cripple many small processors.
Your thoughts? How many of you process your own big game or buy local beef, pork or chicken?