Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

Food banks in the U.S. are on course for a preventable collision between record-setting food insecurity and lead-contaminated meat.

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Deer hunters. (Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife)

Lead in hunted meat: Who’s telling hunters and their families?

Lead contamination in hunted meat has the potential to impact the health of millions of people in the U.S. who are connected to the hunting community, including low-income recipients of venison donations.

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Credit: Jocelyn Tamashiro/Environmental Restoration, NAVFAC Pacific

Dieldrin dilemma: How dated science and fish-eating advisories may be putting brains at risk

Six years ago, I worked at the Illinois Natural History Survey testing roadkill otter carcasses for contaminants that build up in the bodies of animals that eat fish.

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