Wired PR News – A newly released study has some meat eaters concerned about possible negative consequences of wild game consumption. As reported by the Associated Press, health officials in North Dakota have suggested that women who are pregnant, as well as young children should not consume meat that may have come from wild game that was killed by lead bullets.
The concerns have been raised due to evidence provided by a study which linked lead found in blood to wild game consumption. Researchers for the study tested the blood of over 700 North Dakota residents for lead. Lead levels were elevated for those who stated they ate meat from wild game, with lower levels found for those who did not or consumed lessoned amounts.
Although the levels found were not deemed dangerous for some individuals, pregnant women and children under the age of six are stated to have an increased risk for lead poisoning, which can lead to learning issues, brain damage, and even death.
This study is one of several conducted throughout various states to verify whether lead found in wild game should be of public concern.
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