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CADMIUM IN MOOSE AND DEER LIVERS
In 1999, the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy Tribes worked together to collect livers from moose and deer harvested on tribal lands. This work was funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and was extremelly valuable to the tribes as moose and deer are subsistence foods for tribal members. Many tribal members reported that traditonally they removed the heart and liver from a moose and ate those organs first.
Cadmium is a heavy metal found in the environment that can cause extreme neurological problems even in low concentrations. Signs of cadmium poisoning include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pains, cramps and organ failure.
Current Advisory: Limit intake of deer livers to no more than 1 pound per week. Do not consume moose livers or kidneys.