SAN ANGELO, TX - If you are what you eat, then you might want to take another look at your plate. Wild game can sometimes bring more to the table than expected.
Many folks in West Texas rely on wild game to feed their family but when it comes to processing that game, make sure your sights are set on safety.
"There has been some recent news about a tape worm found in feral hogs in East Texas that's transmittable to humans,” Josh Blanek, Texas A&M Agri-life extension agent said.
Feral hogs are a problem the entire lone star state dealing with. They cause plenty of damage outside but could also cause damage to your insides.
"Hogs, especially feral hogs, 80 percent of their diet is vegetable matter, plant matter but they do eat anything,” Blanek said.
Anything...including dead animals.
"They're more prone to pick up parasites, food borne blood borne diseases that are transmittable to humans,” Blanek said.
Does that mean cancel any hunting trips? Of course not. But when you're processing that meat, just be careful.
"If you see anything that's abnormal, smells bad, doesn't look right, just use your best judgement and go ahead and discard that,” Blanek said.
Make sure to wear gloves, keep the meat frozen or very cold, and always cook it thoroughly.
"A lot of people like rare or medium rare beef that has been raised in confinement and treated for those problems but wild game isn't,” Blanek said.
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