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EHN: Eating Venison, Other Game Raises Lead Exposure
September 30, 2009, 8:51 am
Filed under: News, Spotlight on...Lead

New research raises questions about the safety of eating wild game, and triggers a renewed debate about banning lead ammunition. Tests by the CDC show that eating venison and other game can raise the amounts of lead in human bodies by 50 percent. The National Park Service has announced a controversial plan to ban lead bullets and fishing tackle, which Acting Director Dan Wenk said “will benefit humans, wildlife, and ecosystems inside and outside park boundaries.”

By Scott Streater
Environmental Health News
Sept. 28, 2009

An avid hunter, Cornatzer was listening to a presentation on the lead poisoning of California condors when an x-ray of a mule deer flashed on an overhead screen. The deer had been shot in the chest with a high-powered rifle.

Cornatzer was shocked that the deer’s entire carcass was riddled with dozens of tiny lead-shot fragments.

“My first thought had nothing to do with California condors; it had to do with what I had been doing as a hunter myself, and what I had been feeding our kids,” said Cornatzer, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

“I knew good and well after seeing that image that I had been eating a lot of lead fragments over the years,” he said.

That realization led Cornatzer and a radiologist last year to X-ray 100 packages of venison that had been donated by a sportsmen group to a food bank. About 60 percent of the packages contained lead-shot fragments, even though it’s common practice among hunters to remove meat around the wound.

Read the article at http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/lead-in-game-meat

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