Parasites: A Concern With Wild Game Venison
Parasites and Tapeworms
- Parasites and tapeworms are common in all wild game.
- Eating fresh venison is not recommended.
- Freeze wild game down to -4 degrees for a minimum of 4 days before eating or processing it into jerky or sausage to help kill parasites or tapeworms.
- Cooking venison to 160 degrees will also help to kill parasites and tapeworms.
E.coli O157:H7 - A Concern in Wild Game Venison Jerky and Sausage
- E.coli O157:H7 has been found in the intestinal tract of wild game.
- Research shows E.coli O157:H7 can survive in homemade wild game jerky and fermented sausages like pepperoni.
- Researchers found that E.coli 0157:H7 survived more than 10 hours of drying at 145 degrees.
- The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends that jerky made from beef or venison be steamed, roasted or boiled to 160°F before drying.
Peer reviewed by Kathy Brandt 2015