BMELV - BfR Symposium "Alle(s) Wild?": State of scientific knowledge of the behaviour of unleaded ammunition in hunting and the contamination of game meat obtained through hunting with the ammunition components lead, copper and zinc

(2013.03.18 - 2013.03.19)
At the symposium jointly organised by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection and the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment "Alle(s) Wild?" held on 18 and 19 March 2013, scientific insights are presented from the research projects "Ricochet Behaviour of Hunting Ammunition", "Investigations on the terminal performance of unleaded hunting rifle bullets under special consideration of animal welfare" and from the current project "Food Safety of Game Obtained through Hunting".

The presentation of the results from research projects are complemented with lectures on the influence of alternative bullet materials on the environment and specific grazing behaviour of game in different regions and its influence on the intake of heavy metals.

The main objective of the event is to present relevant and current research results and to discuss their consequences with regard to future requirements for hunting ammunition. In addition, the influence of alternative materials on the terminal ballistics and on the physiological hazard potential will be demonstrated. There will be a focus on the terminal efficiency of different types of hunting ammunition with regards to animal welfare aspects. Last but not least, the influence of background contamination from heavy metals which are ingested by animals from grazing and the distribution of these metals in the body of hunted animals following shooting must be evaluated. Pending results from the analyses of lead contents in game meat will then be included in a risk assessment of the question whether or not there is a need for action with regard to consumption recommendations for consumers.

The event is free of charge. Please register for the event until 8 March 2013 using the online regsitration form.

The conference language will be German. Simultaneous translation for English will be provided on both days.

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