The CDC recommends that hunters do not eat the meat form CWD infected animals. The problem is that there is not an easy way for a hunter to check and see if their meat is infected. Deer and elk do not show symptoms of the disease until it is in its advanced stages. A lot of states offer testing but it is not always convenient. what hunters need is CWD field testing kit.
According to a blog post on Gohunt.com a company did just that. The Sustainable Agriculture and Wildlife Corp, LLC (SAWCorp) developed a field testing kit to help hunters determine if their meat is infected with CWD. A hunter can take the kit and collects a blood sample. They send it to SAWCorp’s lab in Fargo, North Dakota. the sample would be tested and test results would be delivered within seven to 10 days.
The test kit costs $9.95 and the results will cost you another $40.00 and can be ordered through the company’s website.
But keep in mind this test has NOT been approved by the FDA. In reguards to the test the FDA issued this Statement:
The United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) reports that SAWCorp’s treatment is not APHIS-approved. APHIS does not recognize protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA) prion blood tests as an official test for CWD, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or scrapie. While APHIS supports emerging technologies, no company has submitted the data needed for APHIS to evaluate the PMCA prion blood test. In addition, APHIS is aware of no peer-reviewed scientific publications that establish the efficacy of PMCA as a detection method for CWD in cervid blood.
In other words do your research and decide if you want to spend the money on a test. As of right now there is no known case of CWD making the jump from deer and elk to humans recent studies seem to suggest that it is possible..
To read the complete Report from Gohunt.com Click HERE