About Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) - Minnesota Dept. of Health

About Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

Information for deer hunters and consumers about CWD disease, including occurrence, transmission, prevention, processing, and consuming venison.

CWD Recommendations for Hunters

  • Do not consume meat from thin or sick-appearing animals, or animals exhibiting unusual behavior.
    Do not consume meat from known CWD positive animals.
    • Wear rubber, latex or nitrile gloves when field dressing carcasses.
    • Wash hands and equipment thoroughly with soap and water after field dressing carcasses and processing meat.
    • Request that individual animals be processed without including meat from other deer.
    • Avoid consuming brain, spinal cord, eyes, spleen, tonsils, or lymph nodes from deer.
  • For hunters who desire it, testing of individual animals is available at the Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, at owner’s expense.
  • Field to Fork: Field Dressing Deer with Food Safety in Mind (PDF)
    Proper Field Dressing, Transportation and Processing, Donating hunter-harvested deer in Minnesota, and Chronic Wasting Disease Information for Hunters. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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Updated Friday, 30-Sep-2022 10:12:21 CDT