A Swedish study shows that there is lead in the majority of game meet.
The Swedish study is not very comprehensive - meaning that it is a pilot project - but the results are not encouraging.
The study shows that there are fragments and traces of lead in the vast majority of the examined moose meat derived from randomly selected hunters freezers.
The study has only looked at the lead content in minced meat, and that is probably also a part of the explanation for the high - and in some cases harmful high – presence of lead.
The permanent wound trackis contaminated.
The game meat around the permanent wound track becomes contaminated with lead, and when the meat regularly is used in the production of minced meat, it contaminates all the minced meat, explains the researchers behind the prune inquiry.
The lead contamination is believed to be a result from an incorrect handling of the meat, because the meat that has been in contact with the projectile containing lead should be rejected.
Alternatively, the study recommends that intake of minced venison should be reduced.
Based on this survey The Swedish Hunters' Association recommends its members to shoot with bonded bullets (lead core which is bonded to the jacket) and to reject meat from the permanent wound track.
Example of a lead-free projectile. Barnes TTSX in .338 Blaser Magnum.