_Minnesota tested 299 samples donated through the state's Hunter
Harvested Venison Donation Program and found varying levels of lead
fragments in 76. . . .
"If you ate venison at (the highest level found) and you ate it
regularly, it would be catastrophic to your health,'' said Daniel
Symonik, supervisor in the lead program for the state Department of
Health. . . .
If you had control over the animal and you're confident the lead was
removed, then the chances (of lead exposure) are very low,'' he said.
"If you took it to a processor and you have no idea how the meat was
handled, there's a possibility of (lead exposure), but not a
Meanwhile, Maryland-based Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry,
Virginia's Hunters for the Hungry, and the Arizona-based Safari Club
International are untied their skepticism and in calling for further
"People have been eating venison for centuries from deer that were
killed with lead bullets and we haven't been aware of any problems with
that," [Hunters for the Hungry director Laura Newell-Furniss] said.