THE PROCESS OF GAME MEAT IN AUSTRALIA
The Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australian and New Zealand (ARMCANZ) which comprises the Australian Federal, State and Territory and New Zealand Ministers have produced a standard on "Game Meat for Human Consumption" June 1996. This Code, has been implemented Australia-wide for the production of kangaroo meat and is written in substantial compliance with Codex Alimentarius Volume 10, and deals with the production, processing, handling and transportation of game meat for human consumption and for products derived from game meat.
The Australian Code contains minimum requirements to assure a safe and wholesome product and requires compliance with the relevant Codes of Practice for the Welfare of Animals.
Code of Practice for the Humane Killing of Kangaroos
A "Code of Practice for the Humane Killing of Kangaroos" has been produced in a cooperative effort by the wildlife authorities in Australia. The code sets high standards for kangaroo harvesting. Professional kangaroo shooters are expert marksmen. They use centrefire rifles that shoot targets cleanly, causing instant death. Steel jawed traps, archery or handguns, which are permitted in other parts of the world for wildlife harvesting, are not used in kangaroo harvesting.
Field depots are used for holding game carcasses under refrigeration until transported to a game-processing establishment. Field Depots must comply with the meat transport requirements of the Australian Standard for the transport of Meat for Human Consumption. They must be constructed and maintained to a standard that "results in minimal microbial growth and contamination during cooling and storage of game animal carcasses" ... and ... "be provided with adequate refrigeration to chill carcasses placed in it to a deep muscle temperature of 7ºC within 24 hours of delivery".
The kangaroo carcasses are then trucked in containers to a game-packing establishment in refrigerated transport and presented for inspection in a sound and hygienic condition. The operation of Field Depots is subject to audit by the Controlling Authority.
Southern Game Meat's wide range of pan-ready gourmet cuts are expertly trimmed then vacuum packed in high barrier vacuum bags. The most popular cooking techniques are pan frying, barbecuing, char grilling, stir frying. braising, casseroling and stewing.