Wild Game Food Safety – From Field to Table VIRTUAL Class

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Do you hunt or receive wild game meat? Are you confident in your safety practices in the field to ensure quality meat for consumption and processing? Once you have dressed your harvest, now what? How do you handle wild game in the kitchen? How can you ensure the quality remains high and that foodborne illness will not become an outcome of future consumption?

Wild Game Food Safety - From Field to Table

**Virtual Class on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at 1:30 p.m.**

This class will cover the following topics:

  • Start this class with field dressing, focusing on deer, though concepts are applicable to other hunts as well
  • Discuss simple techniques to improve the food safety aspect of your harvest and help reduce the chance of any potential illness that could arise
  • Review common foodborne illnesses and outcomes related to wild game
  • Consider typical deer disease and trauma and view images of what to look for
  • Review proper food handling in the kitchen and the basics of different preservation methods

While you may not be hunting yourself, these are great tips and helpful information to know and share with those who are donating meat to you.

This class is being offered through N.C. Cooperative Extension agents in Hyde, Washington, Tyrrell, and Dare Counties. Participation is open to residents in any county, as this is a virtual class! Future, in-person classes will also be open to any who wish to attend, with travel to one of the associated counties for the actual classes. Our District 1 Biologist for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission will also be in the class to answer more in-depth questions related to wildlife disease or trauma in our area and what you can do to help. A Zoom link will be emailed to you after registration is complete.

*Email address is requested during registration to send survey and/or evaluation. If no email address is used, a physical form can be mailed to participants.

Please note: This class will not go in-depth with preservation methods. We will be holding future classes for learning wild game processing and preservation and how to use and properly clean equipment for those methods. We will not be discussing in-depth techniques for full field-dressing of deer.

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND LIVE – Register, then email CatieJo at catiejo_black@ncsu.edu to inform. A recording of the class will be sent out to registered participants.

Register online

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N.C. Cooperative Extension Agents Participating:

CatieJo Black, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, Hyde County

Rebecca Liverman, County Extension Director, Washington County & Interim Dare County

Dee Furlough, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, Tyrrell & Dare Counties

*Support for this program was received as an Innovative Grant from the North Carolina FCS & ECA Foundation as well as a grant from Vidant Health (Vidant Beaufort Hospital).