The Supply of Wild Game Birds & Meat

Before you decide to become a game handling business there are a number of steps you need to consider.

The Supply of Wild Game Birds & Meat

We would advise that you have a look at the table below as this will be of help you decide what route you are taking.

If you decide to go all the way and become an Approved Game Handling Establishments (AGHE) this can be quite expensive to do and be careful not to underestimate the budget for this.

This guidance is intended for:

  • people who shoot wild game and supply it in-feather or as wild game meat for human consumption
  • food businesses that accept in-feather wild game dressed or that cut or process game meat. This includes retail establishments such as butchers’ shops, restaurants and Approved Game Handling Establishments (AGHEs)

If you do not meet the required exemptions in 1 & 2 for your business you may be required to register your business with the FSA and comply with the EU regulations in 3,4,& 5 for the particular operations you want to carrying out. It can be as simple as supplying feathered game birds to an AGHE which is under the approval of the FSA and holds a EU health mark. It is important that you read the EU legislation and decide if it applies to what you are doing with the game birds, where you are sending them and in what quantities. Your local E.H.O will be able to advise you which type of registration you are required to make.

You can find a copy of the FSA guidance here along with the photo standards for game