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Lead in Game Meat – A study of bioaccessibility of lead metal fragments

Author: Ulf Qvarfort, Christer Holmgren

The presence of metal lead fragments in the tissue around the wound channel can be observed in animals killed with lead-based bullets. These parts are normally discarded as food but a limited number of fragments may be consumed accidentally. The aim of this study was to experimentally examine what percentage of any metal lead fragments present in tissue from a severely contaminated wound channel is converted to water soluble bioaccessible lead salts in the human gastrointestinal tract. Results obtained show that the value is less than 2%.

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