The Food Directorate General and Veterinary (SAGD) issued an information note on the detection Trichinella in wild boars hunted in mounts in the municipalities of Trás-os-Montes region, having determined this as a risk area, face “the risk to health human arising from the consumption of meat obtained from animals infected “with this parasite.

In this regard, additional health measures were imposed, I SAGD determined by Notice 1/2018, that “all animals slaughtered in venatórios acts (beats, mounts or population density corrective actions using the use of dogs, except waits, practiced in the area of these municipalities, undergo research Trichinella before any consumption or for placing on the market or for private domestic consumption. “

The Trichinellosis is a disease caused by parasites of the species Trichinella . In animals it is often associated with infection of the domestic pig (Sus household) Boar and (Sus scrofa). The man can also suffer from this disease, it is recognized today that in Western Europe, the main source of infection to humans occurs by wild boar meat intake and pork cooked at low temperatures or meat products (as is the case filled).

“In humans, the main symptoms associated with Trichinellosis include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, swelling of the eyelids. In more severe cases can occur heart failure and neurological disorders such as headache or dizziness, “said Madalena Vieira Pinto, responsible for screening service Trichinellain wild boar meat, held since 2016 in Technology Laboratory, Food Quality and Safety (TeQSA) at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD). In the laboratory the answer is given within 24 hours after receiving the samples, allowing to have a rapid response Hunter before consumption of meat of animals hunted. More adds that the hunting seasons 2016/17 and 2017/18, this service was carried out free of charge, due to the financing of Safari Club International – Chapter Lusitania, having been processed to date nearly 100 samples.

This laboratory screening is due to the fact that the larvae Trichinella not be visible to the “naked eye” which requires laboratory analysis for its detection. Currently, according to the law, all wild boar carcasses intended to be marketed for human consumption must be systematically subjected to the search Triquinella as part of their post-mortem examination in slaughterhouses or game preparation institutions (Regulation ( EC) no. 854/2004 and Regulation (EC) No 2075/2005). Now also the private domestic consumption is replaced this requirement, “at least in the municipalities of Tras-os-Montes region,” added the head of TeQSA.

Hunters and agents interested in this service should contact the previously TeQSA laboratory via email mmvpinto@utad.pt or phone No. 259 350 904 for subsequent transmission of samples.