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Primesafe Licensing Of Game Meat Harvesting

The Minister for Agriculture has advised PrimeSafe of changes to legislation that prescribe wild deer as game meat that may result in the expansion of the Victorian game meat industry.

PrimeSafe is now developing food safety licensing and compliance requirements to support these recent changes. When the new regulatory system is in place, wild deer may be harvested for human consumption, or for pet food by a PrimeSafe licensed Field Harvester.  Wild deer for human consumption must be processed at a PrimeSafe licensed Game Meat Processing Facility, while wild deer for pet food will be processed at a PrimeSafe licensed Pet Meat Processing Plant (knackery).

The new food safety regulatory system will integrate the existing regulatory arrangements for harvesting wild game from the Wildlife Act 1975 with the existing Australian Standard for the Hygienic Production of Wild Game Meat for Human Consumption (AS 4464: 2007) at PrimeSafe licensed Game Meat Processing Facilities. The new licenses will also integrate the requirements for wild game harvesting for pet food with the existing Australian Standard for the Hygienic Production of Pet Meat (PISC Technical Report 88 – Amended 2009) at PrimeSafe licensed Pet Meat Processing Plants.

PrimeSafe will provide information to prospective licensees once the new licenses have been approved and implemented. This is likely to take a few months.

To register your interest in becoming licensed to harvest game meat, or for further enquiries, please email PrimeSafe at info@primesafe.vic.gov.au.