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Green light for wild boar meat from the affected area

Green light for wild boar meat from the affected area

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Throwing pieces of venison into every hunter's heart. Now the Swedish Agriculture Agency is opening the possibility of using wild boar meat in the Fagerstadt region.

Wild boar meat can be eaten from the outer part of the affected area in Fagersta. The Swedish Agriculture Agency has now given the green light to consume meat from slaughtered animals that have tested negative for African swine fever.

Recently, a search was conducted for wild boar carcasses in the affected area in Fagersta, but only ancient skeletal parts were found.

For some time, the Swedish Agriculture Agency has received questions from hunters who have worked to cull wild boars to prevent disease about whether the meat can be used as food, according to reports. Fagersta Boston.

Destroyed so far

So far, the meat of all wild boars shot in the affected area has been destroyed. But now the Swedish Agricultural Agency is opening the door to taking care of the meat soon. Hunters who apply for a permit from the authority can be given the green light to eat meat from animals killed in the outer part of the area that have tested negative for swine fever.

In addition to the desire to avoid wasting raw food materials, the Swedish Agriculture Agency hopes that interest in wild boar hunting will increase, that the number of animals will decrease and that Sweden will be declared healthy.

“Practical questions”

– The hunting team makes invaluable efforts in combat work, both when it comes to searching for carcasses and in working to reduce the wild boar population. Obviously, we wish we could have allowed meat consumption earlier, but many important practical issues have taken time to resolve, says Maria Cedermij, infection control officer at the Swedish Agriculture Agency, in a press release.

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She adds:

– Now we have a solution that meets infection safety requirements and means that meat can become food instead of being destroyed.

It does not affect the image

Mikael Holtens, National Wildlife Conservation Advisor at the Hunters' Federation, JRF, welcomes the announcement.

– It's positive, of course, but it's still only a small number of wild boars in the outer area. He says this does not affect the overall picture at all.