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I know that kangaroo meat is usually cooked rare because it's so low in fat.

I also know that certain meats are not safe unless well cooked, such as chicken and pork.

But what about kangaroo? For me it's the most delicious red meat so if I like steak tartare I know I should like kangaroo tartare, but how could I make sure that I'm doing it the safest way possible, if there is a safe way?

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Where does your kangaroo meat come from? If it was a wild kangaroo, the risk for parasite infestation is probably higher than with a farmed kangaroo. –  rumtscho Oct 4 '11 at 16:00
    
Are these "free range roos"? –  Cos Callis Oct 4 '11 at 17:35
    
It would be from either a butcher shop or a supermarket, but I don't think we farm kangaroos though I'm naive of what the supply chain actually is (and I'm travelling overseas right now so can't ask so easily). –  hippietrail Oct 4 '11 at 19:14
    
The links in the highest voted answer appear dead / changed, but Macro Meats is the most common brand I've seen in supermarkets and their page confirms they are not farmed macromeats-gourmetgame.com.au/Aboutus/… –  PeterJ May 9 at 13:42
    
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It seems the meat is not farmed at all but entirely "harvested" in the wild http://www.daff.gov.au/agriculture-food/meat-wool-dairy/ilg/industries/kangaroos. So it should be treated as a game meat rather than a farmed one - i.e. best to cook it.

Here's advice from the Department of Primary Industries saying you should never feed raw kangaroo to your dog, so I'd err on the side of caution http://new.dpi.vic.gov.au/pets/pests-and-diseases/health-care

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The advice re: feeding it to dogs doesn't really apply here - there are things that dogs shouldn't eat (chocolate, for example) that humans can eat (and enjoy) :) –  Ashley Nunn Oct 5 '11 at 2:00
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That is true—but in the second page kjm submitted it states that "raw meat/offal (especially kangaroo or deer) can be full of parasites. Feeding of these raw meats and offal to dogs can pass on diseases like Toxoplasmosis or Hydatids to humans on the farm." Toxoplasmosis can also be spread through raw or undercooked meat consumption and may cause flu-like symptoms and complications in pregnancy. I, too, would err on the side of caution. –  Vecta Oct 5 '11 at 14:35
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@AshleyNunn: It's true that some substances that are fine for humans are toxic to cats and dogs, but those are very specific and whether or not it's cooked doesn't normally make any difference. In fact they generally have very little trouble with raw meat; so if there's a type of meat that you wouldn't want to feed raw to your pet, you definitely won't want to eat it raw yourself. –  Aaronut Oct 9 '11 at 20:21

While you question is not a duplicate, most of the answer for How safe is steak tartare? applies here.

If you have good quality meat, from a reputable provider, you are likely to be fine.

Given that you would likely need to find a good butcher, I would suggest you talk to him/her and ask if they would eat their product in that way. If not, perhaps take their advice.

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Kangaroo meat is subject to the same level of inspection as microbial testing as other red meats. It is perfectly safe to eat in the same way as all other red meats. There are no parasite problems in the product. The only proviso is one which applies equally to lamb or beef: that pregnant women, the elderly, very young children and sick people should not eat any raw meat due to possible toxoplasmosis rick.

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