Response to Ad Hoc Committee - Appendix IV

Hunted Game Carcasses Handling Protocol for enter plant name and number here

March 2009 version

This protocol is intended to be used in conjunction with The Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001, as well as O. Reg. 31/05 part VIII.4 s84.47 to s84.55, s91, s111, s112 and MIPPM s10.01 and s10.02

General Procedures:

  1. Game Animal means a mammal or bird that is of a species that is wild by nature, whether it is found in the wild or has been raised in captivity, including, but not limited to, deer, elk, moose, caribou and bear. Hunted game animal means a game animal that has been killed by hunting or that has been killed by a Conservation Officer or a person engaged in wildlife management activities on behalf of the MNR. Road kill is not allowed in any meat plant licensed under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001.

  2. The meat plant operator may, in their written plant specific procedures, specify a time frame when hunted game carcasses will be received for processing.

  3. Hunted game cannot receive an ante mortem inspection or post mortem because hunted game is not a food animal as defined under the FSQA 2001, O. Reg. 31/05. Since hunted game is not a food animal as defined by FSQA 2001 and is not approved it shall not be stamped with the meat inspection legend. O.Reg 31/05 s 111, s 112 (1ai, 1aii).

  4. Inspectors are responsible for monitoring compliance with the operator's approved Hunted Game Carcasses Handling Protocol.

  5. The operator of a meat plant shall record, in writing the following information in respect of every hunted game carcass that is received at the plant O.Reg 31/05 s84.49 (and supply a copy of a blank record with the protocol for approval):

    1. The date on which the carcass was received
    2. The name and address of the person who delivered the carcass to the plant.
    3. The name and address of the person who killed the hunted game animal
    4. The species and gender of the hunted game animal
    5. The game seal number, if it was attached to the carcass when it was received

    For hunted game carcasses received at the plant, the operator of a meat plant may record, if available, additional information including if the carcass was received from a member of an Aboriginal community with Aboriginal or treaty hunting rights in Ontario.

  6. Any carcass that is in an advanced state of putrefaction or that the operator believes may be contaminated in some other way is not to be allowed to enter into the plant either for hanging or cutting. O.Reg 31/05 84.47 (1a)

  7. The operator shall ensure that a hunted game carcass is skinned, trimmed and washed in a manner that prevents contamination of the plant, its equipment and utensils, and any food animals, carcasses or meat products at the plant O.Reg 31/05 s84.50 (1)

  8. The operator shall ensure that every hunted game carcass and product is identified at all times while on the meat plant premises in a manner that is acceptable to an inspector O.Reg 31/05 s84.50 (2)

  9. The operator shall ensure that every dressed hunted game carcass has the hide removed, and any contamination due to gunshot or putrefaction removed, before entering the cooler. The operator will also ensure that hunted game carcasses and their products will be packaged and stored in the cooler in such a way as to prevent the contamination of carcasses and meat products derived from food animals. O.Reg 31/05 s 84.50 (3) A best practise is to dedicate a separate cooler to hunted game when hunted game is received at the plant or to maintain one empty rail between hunted game carcasses and inspected approved carcasses.

  10. The operator of a meat plant shall ensure that equipment, utensils and food contact surfaces that have been in contact with a hunted game carcass, inedible material derived from such a carcass or a hunted game product are cleaned and sanitized to the satisfaction of an inspector before their use in connection with a carcass, part of a carcass or a meat product derived from a food animal. O.Reg 31/05 s.84.50 (5)

  11. If an operator suspects that a hunted game carcass or product is likely to contaminate a meat plant or its equipment, utensils or food animals or their carcasses or products derived from food animals, then the operator shall promptly condemn the carcass or product, convey it to the inedible room of the plant and dispose of it in accordance with O.Reg s91. O.Reg 84.52 (1).

  12. At no time may hunted game carcasses and hunted game products be in the same room or area of a plant as food animal carcasses, parts of food animal carcasses or meat products from food animals. O.Reg. 31/05 84.50 (4a) There are 2 exceptions to this rule:

    1. Carcasses of food animals and hunted game animals and products from those carcasses can be stored in the same cooler provided they are stored in the cooler in an acceptable manner and in accordance with section 9 of this protocol.
    2. Hunted game carcasses and hunted game products may be in the same room or area of a plant as a food animal meat product if the meat product is an ingredient of a processed hunted game meat product O.Reg. 31/05 s 84.50 (4bi)

  13. The operator of the meat plant shall ensure that every hunted game product is labelled "Consumer Owned, Not for Sale" in legible letters not less than 1.25cm high before the product is shipped from the plant O.Reg 31/05 84.55 (1)

  14. The Regional Veterinarian must approve the plant for the purposes of receiving and processing hunted game carcasses O.Reg 31/05 s. 84.47(1c) and the Regional Veterinarian may at any time suspend or revoke an approval to receive and process hunted game carcasses O.Reg. 31/05 s. 84.48(2).


Plant Specific Procedures:


Signature of Regional Veterinarian

Attached is a copy of a page from the Log book (Record book) that this plant will use to record the information required in Part 5 from the general procedures section of this protocol.

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Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 06 December 2010
Last Reviewed: 07 December 2010