This is Lead Week on this blog.
BASC says: ‘There is no risk to those who do not eat shot game meat more than once a week throughout the year‘
The Food Standards Agency says: ‘There is no agreed safe level for lead intake.’ and ‘occasional consumption of lead-shot game birds’ that would have minimal effect on overall exposure to lead would be ‘about twice a year’
BASC says: ‘There is no risk to those eating small game if the pellet and pellet channel are cut out’
The Food Standards Agency says: ‘There is no agreed safe level for lead intake.’ and ‘To minimise the risk of lead intake, people who frequently eat lead-shot game, particularly small game, should cut down their consumption. This is especially important for vulnerable groups such as toddlers and children, pregnant women and women trying for a baby, as exposure to lead can harm the developing brain and nervous system.‘
I say: Small game, Red Grouse, bought from Iceland Foods stores, and destined for human consumption, when all lead pellets were removed, contained an average of 100 times the Maximum Residue Levels for lead that would be legal for non-game meat.
BASC said yesterday, I assume in response to these blogs : ‘The average consumption of game meat as a whole equates to just under two grammes per person per week. Of that we estimate grouse to make up 0.06 grammes per person per week. To put that in context, Government figures show that the average consumption of all other meats per person per week in the UK equates to almost a kilogramme – 500 times the amount of game meat as a whole and 16,000 times the amount of grouse.‘
I say: BASC’s own data show that 23% of their own members’ households eat game (excluding venison and wild boar) once a week or more. These families will, on the results of this study and all other similar studies that I know, be subjected to high dietary lead intake. BASC has over 100,000 members. It seems that I care more about the health of BASC members than they do themselves.
Liz Truss and Defra:
- Why have you not published the report of the Lead Ammunition Group that you received very nearly eight months ago?
- Why have you not responded to the findings of that report?
- Why are you shielding the shooting industry from the results of an expert review on the impacts of lead ammunition on human health and wildlife?
Rob Sheldon has set up an e-petition to call on government to ban toxic lead ammunition – please sign his e-petition to ban toxic lead ammunition.