The supply of wild game: a guide to food hygiene legislation

Last updated:
20 November 2015
The wild game guide provides information on the hygiene regulations for food businesses that supply wild game for human consumption, and for people who hunt wild game and supply it either in-fur or in-feather or as small quantities of wild game meat.

About this guide

Applies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland

This guide is for:

  • those who shoot and/or supply wild game
  • enforcement officers
  • retailers and processors

Updated guide: November 2015

The guide includes an easy to follow flowchart on pages nine and ten giving a brief summary of the requirements that apply in certain situations in which game can be supplied either in-fur or in-feather or as game meat. More detailed information for each supply scenario is available in the guide.

The next full review of the wild game guide is scheduled to take place in November 2016 and, as part of the review process, the FSA will liaise with stakeholders from the wild game meat industry and with interested local authorities.

Legal status

This guide has been produced to provide informal, non-binding advice on the legal requirements which covers provisions in relevant parts of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002, Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 and Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 and should be read in conjunction with the legislation itself. The text should not be taken as an authoritative statement or interpretation of the law, as only the courts have this power. For information on the supply of wild game to game handling establishments see Part 2, Section 10 of the Guide to Food Hygiene and Other Regulations for the Meat Industry.

Contact details

Contact details for wild game enquiries.


tel: 020 7276 8339


tel: 029 2067 8908

Northen Ireland

tel: 028 9041 7759


tel: 01224 285145

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