PrintThe results of a new study by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) supports BASC’s position on lead ammunition: “no sound evidence, no change”.

The NHMRC Statement and Information Paper “Evidence on the Effects of Lead on Human Health” includes the statement:

“It is not possible to conclude that lead was the direct cause of any of the reported health effects in individuals with blood levels less than 10 micrograms per decilitre. While the results from some studies indicate that blood levels less than 10 micrograms per decilitre may be associated with some health effects, the available cross section studies do not provide the type of convincing evidence that would enable public health experts and statisticians to make confident conclusions about cause and effect.”

Alan Jarrett, Chairman of BASC said:

“This comprehensive study from Australia supports BASC’s position that there is no need to change the existing UK Food Standards Agency guidelines on the consumption of game meat.”

BASC continues to back compliance with the law on the use of lead ammunition and promotes good game handling practices.

FSA guidelines on the consumption of game can be found here –

The NHMRC paper is here –

BASC’s policy on lead ammunition is here: –

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