As demand for birds shot with non-lead ammunition continues to grow, the British Game Alliance (BGA) has launched a pioneering new register for BGA-assured lead-free shoots so that dealers, processors and stockists can source game to service this growing market.
Shoots simply fill out a short questionnaire on the BGA website that asks for top-line information such as the date on which the shoot went lead free and the estimated number of birds the shoot will put into the food chain each season. It is not yet possible to guarantee lead-free game meat, but we can assure lead-free shoots. Shoots registering as ‘lead-free’ will be committing to a new clause in the BGA Standard, requiring the writing and implementation of a credible lead-free protocol on their shoot days.
Commercial Director Mark Staples said:
“We at the BGA are committed to the five year phase out of lead, but the reality is that the food industry increasingly demands birds from lead-free shoots. Our new lead-free register has been developed alongside our partner game dealers and with input from major processors and supermarkets. It will allow us to ensure the flow of game into these significant outlets continues, boosted by the BGA’s work to promote game into all retailers and across hospitality, while we work to support the marketing of game for the whole shooting sector as we all pull together towards the five year phase out of lead.”
To register today click here.