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CDC Lead Study In: NSSF [Nat'l Shooting Sports Fed.] Says Venison Is Safe
ield and Stream ^ | November 10, 2008

Posted on 11/11/2008 2:34:25 PM PST by yankeedame

CDC Lead Study In: NSSF Says Venison Is Safe

Since March, when North Dakota dermatologist William Cornatzer’s now famous CT scans and X-rays showed lead fragments sprinkled throughout hunter-killed venison, subsequent studies have confirmed high levels of the metal in donated meat and shown that material from big-game bullets can spread as much as 18 inches from a wound channel. Now, the study everyone has been waiting for, the one designed to finally answer whether all this lead actually poses a significant health risk to hunters and their families, is in.

From the CDC report:

While this study suggests that consumption of wild game meat can adversely affect PbB,no participant had PbB higher than the CDC recommended threshold of 10μg/dl―the level at which CDC recommends case management; and the geometric mean PbB among this study population (1.17μg/dl) was lower than the overall population geometric mean PbB in the United States (1.60 μg/dl) (CDC 2005).

Also, from the National Shooting Sports Foundation: The CDC report on human lead levels of hunters in North Dakota has confirmed what hunters throughout the world have known for hundreds of years, that traditional ammunition poses no health risk to people and that the call to ban lead ammunition was nothing more than a scare tactic being pushed by anti-hunting groups.

In looking at the study results, the average lead level of the hunters tested was lower than that of the average American.

In other words, if you were to randomly pick someone on the street, chances are they would have a higher blood lead level than the hunters in this study.

Be sure to check out the full press release.


Put THAT in your salad and SWALLOW IT, ANTIS!!!!

Posted by: Scrap5000 | November 10, 2008 at 12:16 PM


Now if we can just get the anti-lead bullet law repealed out in California.

Posted by: Steven C. | November 10, 2008 at 12:50 PM


It's about time someone got some brains.
Ya know they REALLY won't have to worry about this
once obama raises taxes 600% on ammunition.

Posted by Nate: I'm in school right now | November 10, 2008 at 01:11 PM


Big scare bout bullets, but it's OK all that lead
painted crap comin in from China...

Posted by: bushman | November 10, 2008 at 02:58 PM


"Government study warns of lead levels in wild game

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A government study says people
who eat wild game shot with lead bullets tend to
have higher lead levels in their blood.

The preliminary study was released Wednesday by the
federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
and the North Dakota Health Department.

A state epidemiologist says the study found that the
more recent the consumption, the higher the lead

Health officials and the CDC collected blood samples
this spring from more than 700 people in North
Dakota. Most were adults who ate venison from deer
killed with high-velocity ammunition.

State officials are recommending that pregnant women
and children younger than 6 avoid meat from deer
killed with lead bullets."

Posted by: PBurns | November 11, 2008 at 08:27 AM

TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Miscellaneous; Outdoors

1 posted on 11/11/2008 2:34:28 PM PST by yankeedame
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To: yankeedame
“Since March, when North Dakota dermatologist William Cornatzer’s now famous CT scans and X-rays showed lead fragments “

I thought they were bone chips, and someone had jiggered the contrast and shading with a program like MRIcro to make them look opaque. Clue was the lack of contrast in the meat, which would compress if you made bone look dense. Plus, there were way too many “lead” fragments unless someone hunts with an MP5 shooting frag ammo.

Plus, he did not offer other proof, like extraction and chemical analysis.

2 posted on 11/11/2008 2:40:37 PM PST by DBrow (NUMA!)
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To: yankeedame

What about the deer wasting disease?

3 posted on 11/11/2008 3:22:27 PM PST by unspun (PRAY & WORK FOR FREEDOM - -
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To: unspun

My husband’s hunting partner is a vet. He examines the deer’s appearance and behavior before taking the shot and then avoids cutting close to the bone when butchering even if the animal appears healthy. In areas designated as having the disease, the heads are sent to pathology labs for brain analysis. We are on the edge of one of those areas. Everyone is fine after years of eating venison. We know of no positive path reports from our area.

4 posted on 11/11/2008 4:24:06 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: reformedliberal

Thanks for the update!

5 posted on 11/11/2008 5:25:39 PM PST by unspun (PRAY & WORK FOR FREEDOM - -
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