"PART of the hunting heritage in our state is the fact that when you are a successful hunter, you are providing food for your family to enjoy."

- Rebecca Humphries, MDNRE director


deer

Custom venison processing provisions for MDA-licensed and inspected facilities include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Processors must inspect all carcasses prior to accepting. They must be identified with appropriate tags and free of signs of illness and visible decomposition or contamination.
  • Venison products must be clearly marked, identified with name of owner, stamped "Not for Sale," and segregated from commercial meat and foods.
  • Carcasses should be stored at or below 41 degrees F and conducted using "first in, first out" rotation.
  • Rubber or disposable gloves in good condition must be worn.
  • Processing of hunter-owned deer must take place after all commercial food handling has ceased to eliminate the potential for cross contamination of other food.
  • All processing and handling equipment, food contact surfaces, floors, and garments must be washed and sanitized immediately after processing. Processing of commercial foods cannot take place until these activities are done.


For more information on safe processing practices, visit the Michigan Department of Agriculture.


ENROLLED HOUSE BILL No. 5196


Sec. 1101. This act shall be known and may be sited as the "food law of 2000."

Sec. 6143 (1) A charitable, religious, fraternal, or other nonprofit organization that prepares or serves wild game in connection with its meetings or as part of a fund-raising event or that prepares or serves wild game to indigent persons free of charge is not required to obtain the wild game from a department approved source.

(2) If a charitable, religious, fraternal, or other nonprofit organizations prepares or serves wild game that is not from a department approved source in connection with its meetings or as part of a fund-raising event or prepares or serves wild game that is not from a department-approved source to indigent persons free of charge, the organization shall post at the entrance to the dining area a sign bearing the following message: Consumer beware. The wild game served at this facility has not been subject to state or federal inspection. The words of the message shall be written or printed in letters not less than ¾ of an inch high and ¾ of an inch wide, and shall be readable.

(p) "Wild game" means animals from their natural state and not cultivated, domesticated, or tamed.