Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has published a report to address knowledge gaps and better understand the risk of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) contamination of wild venison.
The report aims to:
- map the venison industry in Scotland
- assess STEC prevalence in wild deer faeces in Scotland
- review cross-contamination risks in the slaughter and processing stages of wild deer from field to larder
FSS report that although the prevalence of STEC O157 in wild deer is low, it is the strain associated with the most severe forms of human disease. Therefore, adherence to strict hygiene practices from cull to final product are strongly recommended within the report.
Source: FSS, 5 November 2020