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THE PATCH, LANSING, MI — Michigan officials have issued a Do Not Eat advisory for deer taken from an area on the Lake Huron shore due to contamination. This comes just a day after health officials announced that deer in the Upper Peninsula of the state were found suffering from Chronic Wasting Disease.
The Michigan departments of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Natural Resources (DNR) Thursday issued a ‘Do Not Eat’ advisory for deer taken within approximately five miles of Clark’s Marsh in Oscoda Township.
The advisory is due to high levels of PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonic acid) found in a single deer taken about two miles from Clark’s Marsh, which borders the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base. PFOS is one type of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemical.
One deer out of twenty tested around the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base was found to have high levels of PFOS. PFAS was either not found or was at low levels in muscle samples from the other 19 deer.
Although only one deer of this group tested at such high levels, the advisory was issued to protect the health of anyone eating venison taken within approximately five miles of Clark’s Marsh. The state has plans to test more deer from this area.
The five-mile radius encircles the Wurtsmith base property and covers what the DNR has estimated to be the expected travel range of deer living in or near the marsh.
DNR also collected an additional 60 deer for PFAS testing this year as part of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team’s work on this emerging contaminant. In addition to the testing around Wurtsmith, 20 deer were taken from near each of the PFAS investigation sites in Alpena, Rockford and Grayling with known contamination in lakes and rivers. Read more.
To learn more about foodborne illness and ways to prevent it, talk to your health care professional, your local health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Food, Drugs and Dairies.