Regulations Regarding the Procedures, by Which Hunters Supply a Final Consumer with Game Animals or Their Meat in Small Quantities, and the Hygiene Requirements for the Handling of Game Animals and Their Meat
1. This Regulation prescribes:
1.1. the procedures by which hunters supply game animals or their meat in small quantities to a final consumer or to a local retail undertaking (for example, a shop, public catering undertaking), which then supplies it to the final consumer (hereinafter - undertaking); and
1.2. the hygiene requirements for the handling of game animals and their meat.
2. A small quantity of game animals and their meat shall be:
2.1. for big game animals - 500kg per week; and
2.2. for small game animals - 100kg per week.
3. A hunter shall supply game animals or their meat to the final consumer or undertaking, if:
3.1. the game has been processed in a game animal processing site, which has been approved or registered in the Food Undertakings Register of the Food and Veterinary Service in accordance with the procedures specified in the regulatory enactments regarding the approval and registration of food undertakings;
3.2. the game animal has been hunted at a site, for which hunting restrictions have not been determined due to environmental pollution or detection of infectious animal disease;
3.3. the post mortem inspection of the game animal has been carried out at the game processing site by a veterinarian authorised by the Food and Veterinary Service (hereinafter - official veterinarian) or by a person who has been trained in accordance with Section IV, Chapter I of Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and the Council laying down specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin (hereinafter - trained person) under the supervision of an official veterinarian;
3.4. the carcass, its parts and offal of a game animal have been marked in compliance with the requirements of the regulatory enactments regulating the handling of food; and
3.5.the game animal meat (wild boar, soliped) susceptible to the trichinae agent has been inspected in a laboratory, which has been accredited in the Latvian National Accreditation Bureau by the limited liability company The Standardisation, Accreditation and Metrology Centre in conformity with the standard LVS EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 "General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories" and the results of the inspections certify that no trichinae agent presence has been determined in the meat.
4. At a hunting site:
4.1. big game animals (wild land mammals, except Lagomorpha) shall be bled and their stomach and intestinal tract shall be removed (partial evisceration) as soon as possible;
4.2. if necessary, small game animals (Lagomorpha and wild birds) shall be partially eviscerated (separation of the internal organs from the carcass); and
4.3. the beloning of the organs of the thoracic and abdominal cavity separated during the evisceration (except the stomach and intestinal tract) to a specific carcass shall be ensured.
5. The post mortem inspection of a game animal shall be performed without delay, but not later than within a period of 24 hours after being hunted.
6. If there is not an official veterinarian or a trained person at the site where the animal was hunted, in order to perform an inspection of the game, the hunter shall present the game animal with non-separated head and internal organs thereof (except for the stomach and intestinal tract) to an official veterinarian for the performance of a veterinary inspection.
7. If the hunter or trained person has determined that the game animal behaved in an unusual manner before being hunted or the trained person has determined any pathological changes during the evisceration, the game animal with its head and internal organs non-separated (except stomach and intestinal tract) shall be presented to an official veterinarian for the performance of a veterinary inspection.
8. After a veterinary inspection it is permitted to remove the heads of big animals.
9. The performer of economic activity shall ensure the following at the game animal processing site:
9.1. a separate area for skinning or plucking and evisceration;
9.2. a separate area for dividing up carcasses;
9.3. sufficient natural or artificial lighting;
9.4. a place for performing a veterinary inspection;
9.5. the storage, records and destruction of such animal by-products which are not intended for human consumption, in accordance with the requirements of Articles 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9 of Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 October 2002 laying down health rules concerning animal by-products not intended for human consumption;
9.6. the instruments and equipment for performing veterinary inspection and the appliance for disinfecting instruments with hot water (at a temperature not less than 82oC) or another equivalent disinfection system; and
9.7. observance of the requirements prescribed by Chapter II of Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs.
10. A hunter shall ensure cooling and maintenance of temperature during the storage, transportation and marketing of the carcasses and offal of the game animals:
10.1. for big game carcasses - up to a temperature, which is not higher than 7°C throughout all the meat sections;
10.2. for small game carcasses - up to a temperature, which is not higher than 4 °C throughout all the meat sections; and
10.3. for offal - up to such temperature, which is not higher than 3 °C.
11. In order to supply a game animal or its meat to the final consumer or undertaking, the hunter and an official veterinarian or trained person shall complete an accompanying document for supplying game animals or its meat in a small amount (hereinafter - accompanying document) (Annex). The accompanying document shall be attached a hunting permit for limited game animals issued by the State Forest Service in accordance with the procedures specified in the regulatory enactments regulating hunting or a copy thereof.
12. An accompanying document shall be completed in three copies. The hunter shall give one copy to the final consumer or undertaking, the second copy shall be kept by the trained person or the official veterinarian, the third copy shall be kept at the game animal processing site. The accompanying document shall be kept for a period of three years.
13. In order to prevent the risk of contamination of the meat, the game animal or its meat shall be transported in a clean, easily washed and, if necessary, disinfected vehicle.
14. A game animal or its meat which has been cooled in accordance with the requirements of Paragraph 11 of this Regulation shall be marketed within a period of seven days after being hunted.
15. Cabinet Regulation No. 589 of 28 August 2007 "Regulations Regarding the Procedures, by Which Hunters Supply Game Animals or Their Meat in Small Quantities, and the Veterinary Requirements for the Handling of Game Animals and Their Meat" ( Latvijas Vēstnesis, 2007, No. 141) is repealed.
Acting for the Prime Minister -
Acting for the Minister for Agriculture
Accompanying Document for Supplying Game Animals or Their Meat in a Small Amount
(To be completed by the hunter)
10. Storage temperature not higher than 7 °C
12. The registration/ recognition number of the game processing site assigned by the Food and Veterinary Service _____________________
I hereby declare that the animal has been hunted at a site, for which hunting restrictions have not been determined due to environmental pollution or infectious animal disease. Prior to being hunted the animal did not behave in an unusual manner, no pathological changes were observed during its evisceration, and the animal was killed while being hunted.
(To be completed by an official veterinarian or trained person)
Inspection date ________________________ Number _____________
Date of the veterinary inspection _____________ Number _____________
Fit for human consumption without restrictions
Not fit for human consumption
Accreditation Certificate number for the course "Hunter training in the area of health and hygiene requirements"_______________________(if a trained person is completing this form)
Acting for the Minister for Agriculture
Translation © 2010 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)
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