A health agency in Northern Quebec is providing some, uh, Northern Quebec advice: don’t eat moose organs because of cadmium found in samples collected last fall.
Moose kidneys and livers are considered a delicacy among the Cree First Nations of Eeyou Istchee.
Last year officials from the Abitibi-Témiscamingue health agency and Quebec’s wildlife department collected samples from the kidneys of 24 moose that were hunted in the region.
In a press release, the health agency says there were not enough samples to draw definitive conclusions. But the release says the results are still “worrying.”
Cadmium is used in plastics, batteries and solar panels.
The Abitibi-Témiscamingue health agency wants to continue its research and is asking hunters to help out by keeping a kidney from each moose killed this season and dropping it off when registering the kill at the office in Rouyn-Noranda, Que..