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Revised Wild Deer Intake Document

Subject: Wild Deer Intake Document (Ref: WGLI1) RoI Wild Deer Intake Document for updated Form´╗┐

To: Operators of all DAFF approved Game Handling Establishments

 

To: Operators of all DAFF approved Game Handling Establishments

Subject: Wild Deer Intake Document (Ref: WGLI1) Click Here for updated Form

Revised Trader Notice: MH No. 12/2011

This version of Trader Notice MH 12/2011 supersedes all previous versions of this numbered TN. 

Background
From 1st September 2011 an intake document (attached) must be completed in respect of each wild deer received at DAFF approved Game Handling Establishments.

The document should be completed by the hunter, the trained person (where relevant) and the Game Handling Establishment. It should be retained by the Game Handling Establishment

Obligations on the hunter 
The first part of the document must be completed by the hunter. This includes the date, time and location where the animal(s) was shot. A number of deer shot in the same locality within a reasonable timeframe (e.g. a day’s shoot) need only be accompanied by one intake document. 

Where there is insufficient room on the document, a list of carcase identification numbers must be attached to the intake document. Carcase identification numbers must be provided by the hunter or the game handling establishment. There is a choice of three boxes to be ticked. The first box should be ticked if the hunter is a Trained Person as allowed for under the Hygiene Regulations.

Currently there is no training course, approved by the Competent Authority in the ROI, which satisfies the requirements of the Hygiene Regulations. However, such training of hunters in line with the Hygiene Regulations is due to commence in the near future.

The competent authorities are agreeing a standard for such training as outlined in Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 for hunting organisations interested in providing such training. The second box is ticked if the hunter is not a Trained Person, but a Trained Person was present when the animal was shot.

This person could be the gamekeeper or the game manager who is part of the hunting team, or located in the immediate vicinity of where hunting is taking place. In all other cases, the third box should be ticked and the carcase must be accompanied to the Game Handling Establishment by the head and all viscera, except for the stomach and intestines. This will be the case for all Irish hunters at the opening of the 2011 hunting season. 

In future, where a Trained Person has signed the declaration the carcase need not be accompanied by the head and viscera. Obligations on the Trained Person 

Box 2 should be completed by a Trained Person who either shot the animal or was present when the animal was shot. If the Trained Person is satisfied that; the animal did not display any abnormal behaviour before killing,  the body and the viscera do not show any abnormal characteristics, and  there is no suspicion of environmental contamination, then the first part of box 2 should be signed.  

However, if the Trained Person has noted any evidence of health risks then the second part of box 2 should be completed detailing the possible health risks and the head and all viscera except for the stomach and intestines must accompany the carcase. 

Obligations on the Game Handling Establishment 
The Game Handling Establishment should ensure that each wild deer carcase is identified and accompanied by a properly completed intake document. The final part of the intake document should be completed by a trained operative at the establishment.

The Game Handling Establishment should ensure that the carcase is accompanied by the head and the viscera, other than the stomach and intestines, unless the Trained Person declaration has been completed. The intake documents must be kept on site and made available on request for examination by Department staff.

The intake documents must be correlated with the relevant carcase identification. Any abnormalities recorded by the Trained Person must be brought to the immediate attention of Department personnel.  

Niamh O’ Neill

Meat Hygiene Section

Department of Agriculture,

Fisheries and Food

Grattan Business Centre

Portlaoise

[1] Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 Annex III Section IV: Wild Game Meat. Available here.´╗┐

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