Deer processing plant quarantined and closed by inspectors

Two Michigan DNR officers discovered 12 rotten deer carcasses at a processors’ facility. The incident was investigated by the officers and the Department of Agriculture.

The incident happened in mid to late January when officers Tim Barboza and Jeff Ginn responded to a poaching complaint of a deer processor not returning meat. The complaint came from Newaygo County on the West side of Michigan.

When the officers arrived at the processors, they discovered the power had been lost and the processor was closing. The officers then discovered 12 rotten deer carcasses in the freezers, all of which were still being processed and packaged.

The Department of Agriculture was contacted and food inspectors were sent to investigate. The meat was deemed unfit for human consumption and the processor was shut down. The Inspectors placed the building under quarantine and seized all the deer and processed meat.