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    Processing and selling venison

    I am thinking of setting my own venison processing business, small scale, to process the venison culled by myself and sell local to customers, specialist food outlets and farmer markets, has anyone the site done this yet, if you have what problems have you encountered.

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    venison business

    I would make first stop your local council types, did you get your game meat hygiene certs?

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    Have done exactly as you have or are about to do. Registered as a food business and it has cost a small fortune to comply with the environmental health regs / officer.
    Basically we have a small butchers type set up which complies, i.e. tarrant chiller unit, proper vaccum packer, weigh scaler machine, hands free operated sinks, dairy board on the walls (easily wiped down) etc etc.
    The head aches we are having are the HACCP plans which need to be in place, the officer concerned tried to make me go on a course, which at 400-600 and a week of work is unacceptable, as the income from the whole set up at the moment is minimal, however there is no legal requirement to go on a training course as long as you put a haccp plan into place.
    There are a lot of businesses out there who don't comply i.e. not registered as a food business, checking tracability etc and they seem to get away with it.
    When I questioned the EHO about this they swore blind it didn't go on, during our next meeting some weeks later they admitted to approx 80% of game going in to the food chain wasn't traceable.
    Any questions I'll try my best to answer them or come and have a look at our set up.

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    Thanks Maxwell I may take up on your offer where are based?

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    Northwest England, Cheshire.

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    Re: Processing and selling venison

    Quote Originally Posted by garym
    I am thinking of setting my own venison processing business, small scale, to process the venison culled by myself and sell local to customers, specialist food outlets and farmer markets, has anyone the site done this yet, if you have what problems have you encountered.

    If you know how to keep the damn hair off the meat your onto a winner and if you know Please please share it with me.

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    Re: Processing and selling venison

    Quote Originally Posted by garym
    I am thinking of setting my own venison processing business, small scale, to process the venison culled by myself and sell local to customers, specialist food outlets and farmer markets, has anyone the site done this yet, if you have what problems have you encountered.

    If you know how to keep the damn hair off the meat your onto a winner and if you know Please please share it with me.

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    Skinning rig by David Stretton.

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    business

    Max

    Yes I do just that buddy, it started very small & we are now a full on Family Game dealing business down in the New Forest.

    It began as a small outlet for a few deer that were culled on one of the estates on which I was a syndicate member, I then took the whole lot on when the boss left & its grown from there.

    We now do about 100/120 farmers markets a year & attend abouto 20 country shows & food Festivals in the Wessex area.

    Its a full on business & to be honest I have crossed the line from recreational stalking long ago & its still great fun but bloody hard work.

    Any advice you need then send me a PM.

    Regs Lee

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    The only way around it is to go the 'hunter-exemption' route and sell the whole carcase to your customer or on to a retail business*.

    Any preparing of the meat has to involve the local authority.



    *shooters cannot supply to a retail outlet that in turn sells on to other retailers (clarification in the Autumn issue of NGO)


    Useful link:
    http://www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/pd...annexjun09.pdf

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