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    Default Strange white marks in breast meat

    Got a shoveler this morning.

    While skinning it I noticed 2mm long thin lines in the breast meat; probably 50 or so of them, all in the direction of the grain of the muscle. I squeezed one and it pussed out.

    They weren't moving.

    Worms?

    Parasite?

    Fat?

    Anyone else seen this?
    Lost my camera otherwise I'd post pics.

    KRS

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    Sounds like Sarcocystis rileyi, the slang name for the condition is "rice belly". It's caused by a parasite that encyststs in muscle tissue.

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    Default Rice Breast

    It's Sarcocystis aka rice breast and it's not harmful to humans. I've noticed the spoonies at the Salton Sea tend to have it pretty bad and have seen it in all different types of puddle ducks. I've seen it only in stagnant water that doesn't freeze, the further north I have gone the less I see it and I have not seen it in Alaska.

    Here's a link to explain it from Maryland DFG
    http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/sarcocystis.html

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    To say it isn't harmful to humans isn't enirely known. What is known is if you cook it thoroughly it is safe. If its under cooked no one really knows.

    But yep, sounds like rice breast.

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    Have shot a handful of these turds in north dakota. Never had any problems (to my knowledge) when ive eaten them.

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    ADF&G has a photo on their website: http://www.wildlife.alaska.gov/index...isease.muscle3

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