Avoid Eating Moose Liver and Kidney

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Hunters are again reminded to restrict the amount of moose liver and kidney they eat to avoid a higher than recommended daily intake of cadmium.

Studies conducted by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the late 1980s and in 1998 revealed high levels of cadmium in some of the moose livers and kidneys sampled. As a result, the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that no moose kidney be eaten, and preferably no liver.

If individuals choose to eat moose liver, it should be from moose younger than 1.5 years. If the moose is older than 1.5 years, they are advised to limit consumption to a maximum of six meals (assuming six ounces per meal) of moose liver per year.

Although tests for cadmium have not been done on deer, it is recommended that only livers from young animals be consumed, and only in small quantities and infrequently.

How do you tell how old a moose is? One of the things biologists at the moose registration stations check for is age of the animal. They'll remind hunters that the organ meats may contain high levels of cadmium, and will tell them the approximate age of their moose.