Intake of Lead from Game Meat – A Risk to Consumers’ Health?
Author: M. Haldimann, A. Baumgartner, B. Zimmerli (Swiss Federal Office of Public Health)
Game meat may contain variable amounts of lead in the form of fine metallic residues originating from hunting ammunition. This study investigates the effect of frequent game meat consumption in the blood lead levels of hunters comparing it to a control group, voluntary blood donors from the same region. The main conclusion is that frequent consumption of wild game meat has no significant effect on blood lead levels.