Meat Processing Problems

Some deer hunters who donated their deer heads for the CWD study are now running into a frustrating and unexpected roadblock.

Several meat processors in the area have decided not to accept deer that are being tested for Chronic Wasting Disease.

People's Meat Market in Stevens Point is one of those locations. The owner says it's a liability.

"If a deer would have tested positive and came through here, the media gets a hold of it; people start going, "my meat went through there, who can I sue?" It just starts a massive hysteria," said Lee Falkavage, the owner of People's Meat Market.

Falkavage says hunters being turned away are walking away upset and frustrated.

We contacted other meat processors in the area; one is taking headless deer but charging extra. Another is not accepting any deer this year, a sacrifice that will cost the bottom-line $30,000.

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