Frequently Asked Questions

The American Emu Association represents an alternative agriculture industry, dominated by the small farmer, who is devoted to humane and environmentally positive practices that will produce beneficial products for society. Emus are raised on feed formulated to optimize growth and in spacious pens providing ample room to grow. When the bird is processed, the layer of fat is removed and refined into a safe and stable oil, used in cosmetic and health products; the low-fat, mild flavored red meat is sold to health conscious consumers; the leather is crafted into beautiful goods. The American emu farmer is committed to sound farming practices, bringing the consumer quality products to enhance their lives.

Emu Meat & Food Safety

Is it safe to eat leftover food that was left out on the counter to cool, then forgotten for a few hours?

No, if food has been left in temperatures over 40° F for more than 2 hours, it should be discarded. Pathogenic bacteria will not usually affect the taste, smell, or appearance of a food.

What about storing or freezing leftovers?
Leftover meat should be placed in the refrigerator within 1 to 2 hours of serving and can be stored in the coldest part of the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Well-wrapped leftovers can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months.
If I purchase fresh emu that is not vacuum-packed, how do I properly wrap it for the freezer?
Follow these steps:
  • Use freezer wrap materials such as specially coated freezer paper (place the waxed side against the meat); heavy-duty aluminum foil; heavy-duty polyethylene film; heavy-duty food grade plastic bags.
  • Re-wrap the emu meat in convenient portions: leave roasts whole but place steaks in meal-size packages. If ground emu has been bought in bulk, repackage in one-pound packages or pre-shaped patties. Put a double layer of waxed paper between steaks and patties.
  • Wrap the meat tightly, pressing as much air out of the package as possible.
  • Label with the name of the cut and date.
  • Freeze at 0 degrees F or lower.
What length of time can I keep emu in the freezer?

Generally, vacuum-packed or well-wrapped ground emu will keep well in the freezer for 6 months. Similarly packaged steaks or roasts will keep for up to a year.

How long can I keep fresh emu meat in the refrigerator?

Vacuum-packed fresh emu steaks and roasts can be kept in the refrigerator 4 to 6 days; similarly sealed ground emu will keep in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 days. Fresh emu meat kept longer than this should be frozen.

Why is the meat so dark?
Emu is an iron rich meat that is naturally a dark cherry red.
How is emu meat sold?

Emu meat is usually vacuum-packed and sold fresh or frozen.

Emu Oil

Where does AEA Certified Fully Refined Emu Oil fit into the Emu Oil Trade Rules?

AEA Certified Fully Refined Emu Oil must meet or exceed the standards set in the Emu Oil Trade Rules for Fully Refined Emu Oil – Grade A. This is determined by a sample being sent to an American Oil Chemist Society (AOCS) chemist for an independent analysis. If the analysis of the sample meets the standard then it is registered with the American Emu Association and authorization to use the AEA Certified Fully Refined seal is granted. The AEA Certified Fully Refined seal is the consumers reassurance that a third party tested the oil for purity.

What is the AEA Certified Emu Oil Program?
What are the Emu Oil Trade Rules?
Where can I buy emu oil?
What is the shelf life of emu oil?
Does emu oil really lower cholesterol?
I heard that Emu Oil has transdermal properties. What is that and how does it affect me?
I heard that Emu Oil has anti-inflammatory properties. What does this mean and how does it affect me?
But since it is oil, won't it clog my pores?
Isn't emu oil greasy?
What about pharmaceutical or cosmetic grades?
What is emu oil and where does it come from?
What refining method does the AEA recommend for emu oil?