CWD Concerns Force Processor to Quit Venison

CWD Concerns Force Processor to Quit Venison

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Chronic wasting disease is a perplexing issue for biologists, state wildlife agencies and hunters. The disease has been discovered in almost two dozen U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. (Photo: Warden Micheal Hopper, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism)

A longtime and well-known processor has quit handling venison due to concerns about chronic wasting disease, citing consumer safety.

Silver Creek Specialty Meats in Oshkosh, Wis., announced publicly and in letters to its customers in August that it would no longer accept venison for processing. The sausage-maker and processor has been in business since 1989, but its origins date to the 1940s with R-Line Foods,…



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