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Wild Game & Foraging [split from S.F. board]

Fine Dec 7, 2008 06:29 PM

I'm a bit curious and too busy (and lazy) right now to look it up, but federal law has always, as far as I know, prohibited fresh game being sold. I suppose it could be farm raised. Do you happen to know?


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    Joan Kureczka RE: Fine Dec 8, 2008 12:30 PM

    Yes, all farm raised. Mostly from New Zealand, but there are a few farms for venison and elk here in the US as well.

    1. Xiao Yang RE: Fine Dec 8, 2008 08:44 PM

      Wild game cannot be sold under any circumstances, fresh or not, but can be used for personal consumption. Farm-raised game can be sold fresh or otherwise.

      Here's a site with a lot of info about game in a nutshell:


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      1. re: Xiao Yang
        Fine RE: Xiao Yang Dec 9, 2008 06:18 PM

        Thanks for interesting link.

        I did not see the answer to one unresolved question: I thought only domestic wild foodstuffs* couldn't be sold; I did not think it pertained to those from other countries. Do you happen to know that for certain?

        *A special the other night at PIzzaiolo was wild mushrooms from Tilden Park. Is this a different category?


        1. re: Fine
          Xiao Yang RE: Fine Dec 9, 2008 07:10 PM

          There was this language on that page:

          "FDA has jurisdiction over imported fish, buffalo, rabbits, venison, wild game, and all other foods not covered by the Federal meat and poultry inspection laws. Meat and poultry exported from another country must meet all safety standards applied to foods produced in the United States, and this must be verified annually."

          This may mean that the meat must be processed in a facility built and maintained to USFDA standards, as was the case with Serrano hams.

          1. re: Fine
            Joan Kureczka RE: Fine Dec 10, 2008 05:19 AM

            Mushrooms, berries and the like are definitely in a different category and can be foraged and sold. The big issues are just with meat, due to risks of disease transmission to humans.

            1. re: Joan Kureczka
              wolfe RE: Joan Kureczka Dec 10, 2008 07:28 AM

              Fine may have been kidding but it is important that you or your merchant are familiar with the credentials of your wild mushroom hunter.

              1. re: wolfe
                Xiao Yang RE: wolfe Dec 10, 2008 09:40 AM

                And what's the law on the wild asparagus?

                1. re: Xiao Yang
                  wolfe RE: Xiao Yang Dec 10, 2008 09:50 AM

                  The law should be: If Euell Gibbons won't eat it, neither should you.

              2. re: Joan Kureczka
                Xiao Yang RE: Joan Kureczka Dec 10, 2008 09:45 AM

                The implication that wild came can be imported under certain conditions suggests that the USDA's concern may be with over-harvesting rather than health issues; either that, or the USDA and the USFDA are not on the same page, which also wouldn't be surprising.

                1. re: Xiao Yang
                  Ruth Lafler RE: Xiao Yang Dec 10, 2008 10:06 AM

                  There are significant health issues, since wild deer may carry and transmit a disease similar to mad cow disease (a prion disease called chronic wasting disease) and boar still carries trichinosis, which has been eliminated from the commercial pork supply.

              3. re: Fine
                gatun RE: Fine Dec 16, 2008 10:56 AM

                ahh.. I don' t think you can legally forage mushrooms from Tilden Park.

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