Oregon Department of Agriculture

Rule Rule 603-028-0860
Game Meat Inspection Procedures


In order to qualify to inspect game meat for the purpose of determining its fitness for human consumption, under the provisions of ORS 619.095 (When game meat inspection required), employees of the State Department of Fish and Wildlife and of the State Police shall be certified to have successfully completed one of the inspectional training courses conducted by the Department. The certification shall be valid for three years from issuance. The certification may be renewed by submitting an application therefore and attending an inspectional refresher course conducted by the Department.


The inspection of game meat and the determination of its fitness for human consumption shall be carried out in accordance with the training provided by the Department, as applicable to the inspection of game meat, (in consideration of the differences between game meat animals and domestic meat animals), and may include but not be limited to a visual examination of the animal carcass and, if examined after processing of the carcass, of the muscle tissue, heart, lungs, liver, spleen, mesentery and lymph nodes for discoloration, bruises, abscesses or other evidence of disease, and for excessive parasite lesions.

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