Trichinosis in Wild Game
March 3, 2015
I’m taking the easy way out today, and I’m just going to link you to Hank Shaw’s blog. It’s not because I’m lazy, even though I am, but because what Hank has written here is really good and important stuff.
I know, I tend to pooh-pooh concerns about the risk of catching various diseases from wild game because the truth is, odds are pretty low that we’ll ever be exposed, and a bit lower that we’ll ever actually be infected. I don’t wear gloves when I’m processing, and I usually like my meat cooked red and juicy. Still, like any other safety issue, I’m not going to stand here and tell you there’s no risk at all. There’s always a chance. If you roll the dice, you should at least know the stakes.
In this piece, Hank lays out the stakes pretty clearly in regards to Trichinosis, and he does it with references to real research (not anecdotal evidence or hearsay). If you hunt and eat much wild game, this is good reading. If you hunt and eat bear, mountain lion, or wild pigs, it’s not just a good read, but an absolute must-read (unless you’ve already done your own, thorough research). So check it out.