A lot of emphases is placed on the standards of the abattoir use for exporting and the processing and packaging of wild meat, but very rarely is it looked at on exactly how the animals are harvested from the South African bush.
The harvesting methods used to obtain the meat has a great impact on various aspects of the meat. It is therefore paramount that the basic standards, such as using suppressors on the riffles and harvesting by night are kept as a rule for the purpose of delivering a premium product.
Other variables within the harvesting process include working by night, placing only head-shots and managing each operation in such a way that the carcasses gets to the processing facility in the shortest period of time. Harvesting is done right across South Africa, ensuring that the desired order gets delivered according to the specifications of species and area.
Strict rules apply to the process itself and always include the right vehicles suitable for the size of the animal harvested, corrosion resistant and free hanging frames, cleaning, sterilizing and hand wash facilities, and ample light for working at night. Workers wear clean protective clothing at all times and are subject to all the regulations the industry standards demands.
Special attention is paid to hygiene management systems, procedures at depots, transport of carcasses and the meat inspection.
Reinhuys prioritises the use of only professional and registered game harvesting business to ensure that the class and composition of the final product we offer, remains on par with industry standards. Game and wildlife harvesting companies must be registered with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Nature Conservation in order to be part of the process of exporting the meat.