Potential hazard to human health from exposure to fragments of lead bullets and shot in the tissues of game animals

Deborah J Pain, Ruth L Cromie, Julia Newth, Martin J Brown, Eric Crutcher, Pippa Hardman, Louise Hurst, Rafael Mateo, Andrew A Meharg, Annette C Moran, Andrea Raab, Mark A Taggart, Rhys E Green

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Abstract

Lead is highly toxic to animals. Humans eating game killed using lead ammunition generally avoid swallowing shot or bullets and dietary lead exposure from this source has been considered low. Recent evidence illustrates that lead bullets fragment on impact, leaving small lead particles widely distributed in game tissues. Our paper asks whether lead gunshot pellets also fragment upon impact, and whether lead derived from spent gunshot and bullets in the tissues of game animals could pose a threat to human health.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere10315
Pages (from-to)e10315
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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