Government Inspection of Moose Meat

Moosemeat - Ready for grading?

Moosemeat - Ready for grading?

Does the government grade or inspect moose meat?

I guess it was only a matter of time before someone asked this question.

In both Canada and USA the food regulation entities do not inspect moose meat. Not in the sense that they inspect beef at a slaughter house anyway.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA)inspect domestically raised meat and poultry in government regulated facilities.

Moosemeat is almost always processed in a facility that is separate from where government agencies inspect.

That being said, in Canada, butchers must keep wild game in separate coolers from domestic meat. Local inspectors will check the facilities for this compliance.

Moosemeat is Not Government Inspected

Now that I've stated that the Government DOESN'T inspect moosemeat (not formally) let me retract that a little.

There may be cases where the the government may be monitoring certain species for diseases such as the ongoing studies for Brainworm (Parelaphostrongylus tenuis) in moose and Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer in Eastern Canada and USA.

As for an actual inspection to grade moosemeat into:
Canadian Grades - Prime, AAA, AA, A
USA Grades - Prime, Choice, Select, Standard
Doesn't happen. The above mentioned grades are for Youthful Cattle.

What does Youthful Cattle mean? Cattle that are under 30 months of age may be graded into the above grades. Beyond that age the meat is classified as commercial grade.

Thanks for asking.
Mark ~ The Mooseman

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