I do think that Waitrose deserve some credit for having this heath warning about lead shot on their game meat even though it is very badly worded. I think they are leading (no pun intended) the way in telling the public that eating lead is an issue – I am not aware of any warnings at all on other game meat on sale in supermarkets. Please let me know if you have seen any, and what they say.
However, the suggestion that one portion of wild lead-shot game per week is OK for vulnerable groups is wrong.
The advice from NHS England is for pregnant women to avoid eating game meat which has been shot with lead – that’s not the same as ‘up to once a week is fine’ is it?
The advice from the FSA is very similar.
I know that some readers of this blog have written to Waitrose. One such reader, much quicker off the mark that I am, tells me that Waitrose said that their supplier was the biggest in the country and very reliable – which hardly seems an answer to this.
You have to wonder from where Waitrose got their scientific advice on this subject.
But Waitrose have made a move in the right direction (unlike other supermarkets) and so, surely, we can expect them to revise their health warning so that it is accurate and in line with current advice from medical experts.
Waitrose customer service email is [email protected] and I’ll be emailing them a copy of this blog and asking them what they are going to do. I’ll keep you posted.