Louisiana Health Dept: deer meat more dangerous than heroin, crack or alcohol

Destroys 1,600 lbs of venison to prevent it from being served to homeless alkies and crack heads.

In late January, the department’s health inspectors investigated the facility, discovered the deer meat — which had been appropriately processed at an area slaughterhouse — and destroyed it in a dumpster by dousing it in bleach so that animals would not eat it.

“Our health inspectors investigated promptly and discovered Rescue Mission did have deer meat obtained from hunters, and deer meat is not permitted to be served in a shelter, restaurant or any other public eating establishment in Louisiana,” the department wrote in a statement posted on their Facebook page. “Although the meat was processed at a slaughterhouse (Bellevue) that is permitted by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture to prepare and commercially distribute meat obtained from approved farms, deer are not an approved meat source to be distributed commercially.”

The Louisiana chapter of Hunters for the Hungry — which is endorsed by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on its website — donated the meat through the area processing facility.

“While we applaud the good intentions of the hunters who donated this meat, we must protect the people who eat at Rescue Mission, and we cannot allow a potentially serious health threat to endanger the public,” the health department added in their statement. “The State Sanitary Code laws exist to protect all residents of our state, and while sometimes these laws may not be popular, they allow us to ensure the public’s health and safety, and must be followed.”

Dumpster diving is so much more nutritious, and safe.



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9 responses to “Louisiana Health Dept: deer meat more dangerous than heroin, crack or alcohol

  1. weakleyhollow

    ??????????????????? Coon and possum – acceptable?

  2. Libertarian Advocate

    Hmmmm…. Guess the investigator didn’t receive the necessary “license fee” for the meat to proceed into the stream of commerce.

  3. kc

    As far as I can tell, the “Hunters for the Hungry” type programs have been running in different states for some time with the one in Louisiana around since the 1990’s so it’s not as though it’s a new program. The hunters don’t just give the meat to the charities, it has to be processed as the article above indicates. They seem to have charitable motives. The rest of it seems kind of unclear with the agency’s explanation running along the standard lines of protecting the public from this and that and I guess the truth is if someone did get sick, people would start pointing fingers. I’d sort of like to know if someone complained and what that person perceived the problem to be. Needless to say, the hunters in north Louisiana don’t seem real happy and that feeling seems to be shared by many other perplexed people. There have been some promises about fixing the system so that this won’t happen again and, in the meantime, a lot of food was completely wasted. I don’t know if he will bother to address this (why should he?) but it would be interesting to me to hear Bobby Jindal’s take on the whole thing. From my perch right now, it seems like it’s probably just another day in the bureaucracy but in a state where hunting and fishing are so commonplace, it really is a strange story.

    • I just find it amusing that the health department bureaucrats are worried about the diet of the homeless – I’ve worked with some of those poor souls and I can assure you, venison would be the healthiest thing they’d ingested since they hit the streets, by a factor of ten.

  4. Martha

    This is so sad! Wasting protein is such a shame. A perfect example of how too much gov’t gets blind with protocol. Why on earth would they douse with bleach to keep animals from eating it!?!?!

  5. Peg

    Chris – many of these people simply cannot help but put their bureaucracy and rules above any results. Far superior that some people go hungry and perfectly good food be dumped than that an “i” have it’s dot missing – or a “t” not get crossed.


  6. AJ

    Store bought meat is so much healthier for you:

    “Merck scientists have introduced a new drug to the meat industry – Zilmax. This drug bulks up cattle in the last few weeks of their lives, bringing in more revenue for feedlot owners. Four major meat companies now use Zilmax, including Tyson Foods, JBS SA, Cargill, and National Beef Packing Co. Reportedly, Cargill resisted Zilmax for years, but finally got on board to keep up with the market.

    Recycling the drug
    Zilmax was once called Zilpaterol and was used to treat asthma in humans. The drug was an absolute failure but was found to be a repartitioning agent – a drug that changes metabolism so more muscles are produced instead of fat. The World Anti-Doping Agency banned the drug for human consumption, so Merck re-branded the drug Zilmax and started selling it to feedlots as a growth stimulant…


    And if you love unlabled GMOs in your food you’re going to love unlabled aspartame hidden in your milk:

    ‘U.S. dairy industry petitions FDA to approve aspartame as hidden, unlabeled additive in milk, yogurt, eggnog and cream’