Remember the Lead-in-Venison Controversy? Here’s an Update!

 

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A Break in the Storm *

 

Reference to:  New Report on Lead-In-Venison & Lead Poisoning (posted on this site 14 October 2008).

What Happened

If you recall, the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) recently issued a “Preliminary Ammunition Study” on  their concern that hunting bullets fragment inside the game and just how far those lead fragments might travel throughout the body.

Although they labeled the report as “preliminary,” they were quick to spread the word. All of this hoopla came from finding some lead in packaged game – donated to food banks in North Dakota, Minnesota and a few other mid-western states.  On the basis of this report, some states collected all of the donated venison and had it destroyed.

My concern was that, from this small sample, Minnesota called lead bullets into question (as reported in the Minnesota newspaper). If you were around during the ‘duck hunting with lead bullets’ controversy, you know why I’ve been watching this issue.

When they found lead in streams and wild duck meat, those lead bullets were ‘dead in the water.’  Up till that time, MDH* could reload his own. The new ammo was SO much more expensive and they could no longer be reloaded at home.

Another View

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms, hunting and recreational shooting industry – released the following statement:  “The preliminary report found varying results among bullet types, but noted that in some instances fragments were detected ‘further from the wound channel than many hunters might assume.’

The DNR did not, however, conclude that hunters should not use traditional ammunition. Nor did they conclude that the use of traditional hunting ammunition presents a human health risk to hunters. The DNR noted that its goal was to provide hunters with science-based information on which they can make informed choices” (my emphasis). I think this is called backing down, after you’ve gone too far.

They also note that the Minnesota Department of Agriculture encouraged hunters to continue to donate venison. (Let me see if I understand: hunters pay fees & buy ammo, lease the land, shoot the game, pay for processing & packaging and the state throws it away. Then the state says, “Send more!” Am I missing something?)

More of Their Statement

“For more than a century, hundreds of millions of Americans have safely consumed big game, including whitetail deer, harvested using traditional hunting ammunition and there has never been a case of anyone suffering adverse health effects from consuming the meat. Put simply, there is no credible, peer-reviewed scientific evidence that using traditional hunting ammunition creates a human health risk.”

The CDC is Testing

(More from NSSF) “The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently conducting a study of hunters and others that have consumed game to determine whether they have an elevated level of lead in their blood that can be attributed to the ammunition used to harvest the game.”

Iowa Has Been Randomly Testing for 15 Years

(NSSF statement continues) “The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)  has conducted an extensive panel of blood-lead testing for more than 15 years. Iowa was among the states that did not over react and order venison destroyed.

The IDPH maintained at the time ‘that if lead in venison were a serious health risk, it would likely have surfaced within extensive blood lead testing since 1992 with 500,000 youth under 6 and 25,000 adults having been screened.'”

Essentially, NSSF concluded that, based on the randomness of the results, ‘lead-in-meat’ was probably related to field-dressing and processing issues. I’ll be interested to see how CDC explains this.

Finally

There you have it; another ‘much ado about nothing.’  This is why I refuse to get my knickers bunched about the UV brighteners in hunting clothes.

For your viewing pleasure: The NSSF statement, http://nssf.org/news/PR_idx.cfm?AoI=generic&PRloc=share/PR/&PR=100808_MNDNR.cfm

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* ‘A Break in the Storm’ is used by permission from ClearVue Graphics

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* MDH = My Deer Husband 🙂
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