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Meals on (your) wheels...
RESIDENTS in the New Forest are being encouraged to eat some of the county’s wildlife – more precisely, roadkill.
Hard-up students have been scraping up pheasant, fox and hare found at the side of the road near the New Forest and taking them home to create a host of roadkill recipes.
And now the new president of the RSPB, Miranda Krestovnikoff, is urging the public to do the same.
She spoke after hosting a dinner party for friends featuring rat — fried and served with a garlic and soy sauce dip — from the B3347 near Sopley in the New Forest; fox, sautéd in garlic, from the Ferndown bypass, near Wimborne; and badger chasseur, served with tomato sauce and croutons, picked up from the A354 near Salisbury.
She said: “It would be good to encourage it more widely. People have a problem with it because the meat has not come from a cellophane wrapper. But if the meat is fresh, there’s no risk of catching anything. It’s lean, healthy, organic, free, guilt-free and as fresh as fresh can be.
“We need to know what we’re eating and where it is coming from and this allows you to do that.”
Mrs Krestovnikoff began eating roadkill after spotting a dead pheasant on the roadside near the home on the outskirts of Bristol where she lives with her husband, Nicholas.
The pair butcher the meat themselves and make sausages from offcuts. The remains are left outside, to be scavenged by wild animals and birds.
They now keep a tarpaulin sheet in their car, to allow them to pick up any suitable carcasses they see.
However she warned against eating an animal which had been completely run over or had been left at the roadside for too long and she avoids rabbit carcasses with signs of myxomatosis and animals which did not appear fresh.
The Food Standards Agency advises against eating roadkill, saying the animals may not have been healthy when killed and may have been suffering from disease or environmental contamination.
It also warns that, if left on the roadside for too long, harmful levels of bacteria, such as salmonella, E. coli and Clostridium botulinum, could grow.
It is legal to eat roadkill, provided the animals have been run over accidentally and the meat is not sold.
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