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November 10, 2008

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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!!!!

Steven C.

Now if we can just get the anti-lead bullet law repealed out in California.

I'm in school right now

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.



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


Can you post a link to the actual CDC study, not the NSSF press release?

The AP story on this is as follows and can be found at this link >> http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iMXOsK2EGq4eo9vaj-Mbs8litk1AD9490EE80

An no, they don't have the link to the CDC study either :):

"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 levels.

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."

Valerius Publicola

There seems to be conflicting information with the NSSF taking laisez-faire approach and the North Dakota Dept of Health/CDC taking a different approach. Thus, the truth must be in the middle. Also, interestingly the citation in the Field & Stream article for CDC is 2005 - yet, this North Dakota blood level study began and ended in 2008.

Here is the ND site: http://www.ndhealth.gov/lead/venison/

Then click on item 2 on the left.

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