Saturday, November 08, 2008

North Dakota health officials lead bullet junk science

Lead bullets under fire

LANDER -- People in Wyoming and North Dakota received mixed messages this week about eating animals killed with lead bullets.

North Dakota health officials recommended on Thursday that pregnant women and young children avoid eating meat from wild game that was shot with lead ammunition.

But an official with the Wyoming Department of Health said the Cowboy State will not be issuing the same warning to its residents, because state epidemiologists believe the effects are "very unlikely to be clinically significant."

The lead levels of children under 6 in the study were an average of just 0.88, the Foundation added, which is less than half the national average: "Children over 6 had even lower lead levels. The CDC's level of concern for lead in children is 10."

Officials in North Dakota and other states have warned about eating venison killed with lead ammunition since the spring, when a physician conducting tests using a CT scanner found lead in samples of donated deer meat.

The findings led North Dakota's health department to order food pantries to throw out donated venison. Some groups that organize venison donations have called such actions premature and unsupported by science.

So people who don't have enough food cannot eat the deer even though their lead levels would still be below the national average?

You don't hunt deer with pellets so I fail to see the problem here. A high powered rifle in and out through the chest cavity, heart and lungs. Unless you are going to try to eat deer ribs or make meatloaf with the heart please explain how the hams, backstrap, tenderloin and shoulders would be touched?

I can see how supported by this sort of nonsense from the CDC the gun grabbers will try to go after the ammunition next. Watch for it because its coming.

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