According to the Carbon County, Wyoming, health inspector, China House restaurant did not violate any health regulations when it processed and stored two roadkill deer.
Kevin Krouch, Carbon County’s health inspector with the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, said he inspected the restaurant after the Wyoming Department of Game and Fish executed a search warrant Tuesday.
“They normally do a pretty good job, and in inspecting everything when we were there, everything was clean and good,” Krouch said of his Wednesday inspection.
As long as everything is sanitary, animals could be processed and stored at the restaurant as long as the meat isn’t served to customers, Krouch said. Any meat served to customers must come from a certified and inspected source, he said.
Krouch determined two deer had been brought to the facility but were for personal consumption by a restaurant employee or employees.
The main legal concern is through Game and Fish since moving found or road-killed animals is illegal unless the animal is tagged by a game warden.
“Their rules in China are a little different than ours, and I don’t think those guys really knew that … I don’t think they realized all the rules we have,” Krouch said.