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Meat inspection at point of harvest
Requirements for residue monitoring
Other veterinary procedural notices applicable to the export of game meat
Registration of Game Farms for Export Status
Other Veterinary procedural notices applicable to the export of Game Meat
Registration of hunters for Export Status
Listing of approved hunters
Requirements for harvesting of Wild Game
Requirements for harvesting of Wild Game

  1. Only authorized and registered Game Meat Examiners/Inspectors (GMEs/GMIs) may do meat inspection at point of harvest. The leader of the hunting team or one of the game harvesters, if qualified, can perform the task of the Game Meat Examiner.
  2. The GMEs/GMIs must have proof of qualification (certified copy of certificate) at each hunt, failure of which the hunt will be stopped, and no health attestation will be provided for the harvest.
  3. Regular inspections of game harvesting procedures (ad hoc) will be carried out by the Provincial State Veterinarian (PSV) or Official Provincial Inspectors. Annex 9C must be completed by the Provincial State Veterinarian (PSV), the Official Provincial Inspectors or GMI/GME and accompany the PDGCs to the OVI at the establishment.
  4. Hunting may not take place if it rains.
  5. Functions of the game meat examiner/inspector include:
    1. Checking all relevant documentation before harvesting. This includes:
      1. Copy of registration certificate of farm.
      2. Farm registration confirmation.
      3. Copy/Copies of registration certificate(s) of game harvester(s)
      4. Health Certificate(s) of game harvester(s), GMI/E, as well as of assistants including copies of ID documents.
      5. Checklist for harvesting inspection.(Annex 9C)
      6. Certificate of origin. (Annex 9B)
      7. vii. Proof of qualification of GMEs/GMIs
      8. Progressive Official Inspection Register (Annex 8F)
    2. Inspections of equipment and personnel before harvesting.
    3. Continuous hygiene control at depot.
    4. During the course of hunting the GME/GMI must do periodic checks to ascertain if hunting procedures comply with requirements. In cases of non-compliance and malpractice the game harvester/ team leader must be informed and harvesting stopped.
    5. The GME/GMI must complete the checklist in Annex 9C providing reasons for stopping the harvesting (if applicable), and provide a copy to the game harvester/ team leader. The original must be forwarded to the Official Veterinary Inspector (OVI) at the export establishment for record purposes.
    6. To verify the Critical Control Point (CCP) of the cold chain i.e. the chiller truck as well as meat (Deep bone temperature of + = 7C at 24 hours), and the functionality of the thermograph.
  6. Ante mortem inspection
    Responsibilities of the game harvester-
    1. No game-animal may be hunted/harvested unless the game harvester has assured him/herself that the animal has a normal healthy active appearance.
    2. No animals may be hunted if any sign of injury or disease is evident.
    3. Moribund animals, if killed, must be condemned.
    4. All suspect animals must be identified and clearly marked and relevant information be provided to the meat inspectors at the depo in the field this includes having been wounded.
    5. Any additional information including observations made during hunting must be communicated to the game meat inspector or game meat examiner.
    6. No game harvesting may be performed, without the game harvester being in the possession of the Health Attestation of the farm. (Annex 9A)
  7. Post Mortem Inspection
    1. The GME/GMI must do a comprehensive post mortem meat inspection according to requirements set in the Draft Game Meat Regulations under the Meat Safety Act 2000 (Act 40 of 2000) on all:
      1. Heads and feet
      2. Plucks including: Oesophagus, trachea, lungs, spleen, heart, kidneys (if removed), diaphragm, liver, mediastinum.
      3. Abdominal organs: The hunter who is also the GME must inspect the green offal during evisceration in the field.
      4. Reproductive organs as well as lactating udders must be removed leaving the Lnn. Inguinalis Superficialis on either side intact on carcass.
    2. The GME/GMI must inspect all Partially Dressed Game Carcasses ( PDGCs) for:
      1. Thoracic shots resulting in gross contamination of the thoracic cavity with blood and/or bone splinters or gut shots resulting in contamination of abdominal cavity with ingesta.
      2. Signs that wild game was wounded or required more than one shot to kill.
      3. Excessive contamination of abdominal cavity where game animals were eviscerated in the field with ingesta, soil, grass, mud etc due to poor eviscerating techniques.
      4. Any signs of systemic disease
      5. Such animals may not be used for export of wild game meat, and may not be loaded in chiller trucks together with PDGCs intended for export.
  8. Air dried and chilled Partially Dressed Game Carcasses (PDGCs) already inspected must be loaded into chiller trucks within 4 hours of inspection during summer months, which can be extended to 12 hours at an 12C ambient temperature or less.

    When all PDGCs are loaded, the GME/GMI must seal the truck with an official seal containing a unique number. If a previous seal must be broken to load additional PDGCs, the number of the broken seal as well as the new seal numbers must be noted on the Certificate of Origin (C of O)(Annex B VPN/09).
  9. The GME/GMI must provide all relevant information required in Annex B and sign the required declaration.
  10. Certificate of Origin (C of O) (Annex 9B) must accompany the chiller truck to the establishment where the OVI will verify that the seal number corresponds to the seal number as indicated, that the amount of PDGCs and their tag numbers concur with information provided and to note temperatures as required.
  11. All carcasses must have appropriate tag numbers which correspond with the tag numbers listed on the certificate of origin.
  12. The PVA must conduct annual audits on each PSV to ensure that the requirements of this VPN and related VPNs are met. A report must be compiled of all non-conformances noted and supplied to the PSV. The PSV must correct the non-conformances as indicated in the report compiled by the PVA.


Animal health certification
Certification of Origin of Partially Dressed Game Carcasses transported from the wild game farm to the abattoir
Checklist for harvesting inspection


Application for Registering of a game farm for export status
Inspection Report by Provincial State Veterinarian
Registration certificate for a farm for export
Example of format of data to be forwarded to the South African Ostrich Business Chamber and the National Directorate
Yearly stock report for all game on farm


Application for registration of a game harvester for the harvesting of wild game for export
Registration certificate for game harvester harvesting wild game for export
Harvesting program to the Provincial State Veterinarian
Application for registration as a Game Meat Inspector / Game Meat Examiner
Registration certificate for a Game Meat Inspector / Game Meat Examiner for harvesting wild game for export
Progressive Official Inspection Register
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