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Hazards and risks from wild game: a qualitative risk assessment
Project Code: M01025
Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Weybridge
Coburn, H ; Snary, E; Wooldridge, M
Based on the information available, the risk of adverse human health response from handling and consuming wild game was assessed for specific identified hazards. Different factors affect the risk from each hazard and these are discussed within the risk assessment. Where data could not be identified, expert opinion was elicited, and relevant data from other countries or species was used. A qualitative risk assessment for the handling and consumption of wild game meat produced in the UK was undertaken to ascertain the risk, particularly of foodborne illness and to assess if the imposition of additional official inspection is proportional to risk. The specific identified hazards included E.coli0157,salmonella spp,.Campylobacter jejuni, Chlamydia psittaci, Mycobacterium avium,Mycobacterium bovis, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, Clostridium botulinum and lead shot. The study concluded that audited HACCP would decrease the risk from these hazards but veterinary post-mortum inspection would be unlikely to have any additional effect on food safety.
The study concluded that an audited Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system would decrease the risks from these hazards but that veterinary post-mortem inspections would be unlikely to have any additional effect on food safety.
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