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Dec 9, 2013 10:16 AM

should i be concerned about wild boar meat and hepatitis E in usa?

Hi I was a pretty big consumer of wild boar meat up until a few months ago. I started eating farther down the food chain but recently with Christmas coming up might want to start planning some boar-related meals for upcoming parties.
I never cook/serve the boar raw/rare, it is always cooked! This is wild boar from either marx foods or broken arrow ranch.

I have been reading about people getting hepatitis e from wild boar. Now at first I wasn't worried, I had heard about this months ago but it was in reference to crazy eating styles such as eating raw boar liver. However in reading the studies some of the people ate the meat cooked, for example the studies state the meat was "grilled" or served in a hot-pot.
They say the boars can carry this disease in Japan and Europe.

I can't seem to find anything about USA hepatitis e boar to human transmission but I'm getting concerned. I would never want to put myself or my family at risk! What might have happened is these people didn't cook the meat all the way but the studies don't state the degree of done-ness, just that the meat was cooked.

Have any of you heard of any type of hepatitis e infections coming about from well-cooked wild boar in USA?
Is this only for the Japanese and European regions?

I am concerned and am just curious what you guys think about this issue?
Thanks for your time

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  1. I believe that all commercially available "wild game" meat in the U.S. is actually ranched, so you should be good.

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    1. re: pikawicca

      I was about to agree with you, p, but then checked Marx Foods site and found this:

      "Our wild boar is truly wild, trapped in the Texas Hill Country. It’s slightly sweet and nutty with a deeper color, leaner texture, tighter grain, and bolder taste than domestic pork."

      If I were OP, I'd do some more real research. Here's an old citation:

      I'd probably check with CDC.

      1. re: c oliver

        Had no idea this was legal. Makes no sense that you can't sell wild venison.

        1. re: pikawicca

          Wild boar here have been very successful and have become a significant pest. My understanding is that they have taken over certain places like abandoned military bases. It's 'come take 'em away' ...

          I had not heard about this hepatitis thing ...

          I found a map awhile back that shows the states/regions where wasting disease--i.e., the equivalent of mad cow--is a problem with deer, elk, and the like (not in my state at the time I did the research).

          1. re: pikawicca

            I had no idea either. Perhaps once they kill them all off then they'll start 'farming' them.

        2. re: pikawicca

          yes i should have cleared this up. i purposely seek out the true feral or wild meat. yes there are some farms that "farm" the boar.
          both marx and broken arrow are truly feral, or wild!

          1. re: Just Visiting

            Yeah. I linked to that above. I'm no germophobe (by far!) but I'd do some more research (not on CH) before I'd be eating it raw.

          2. I wouldn't stop eating cooked wild boar because of a chance of getting Hep E. it is usually not fatal. I had Hep A (have Hep A antibodies,) and don't even remember the initial acute infection. Maybe I picked it up when I was in SE Asia from eating contaminated food. Would you only eat cooked food if you were visiting a country with high rates of Hep A? Just this summer Costco had to pull Hep A contaminated frozen berries. I like using those frozen berries for smoothies, and I'm not going to stop eating them because of the possibility of disease.