Dioxin Advisory Information

December 13, 2012

Health assessors from the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) and the DNR determined that samples of wild game taken in 2003, 2004 and 2007 from
the floodplains of the Tittabawassee River and Saginaw River downstream of Midland contain high levels of dioxin and dioxin-like compounds. Wild game that have been tested include deer, turkey, cottontail rabbit, squirrel, wood duck and Canada goose. As a result, the MDCH advises that hunters and their families follow these recommendations related to deer:

• Do not eat the liver from deer harvested in or near the Tittabawassee River floodplain downstream of Midland. Eating liver taken from deer harvested in the floodplain of the Saginaw River is not likely to result in adverse health effects.

• Limit consumption of muscle meat from deer harvested in or near the floodplain of the Tittabawassee River downstream of Midland and in or near the floodplain of
the Saginaw River. Women of childbearing age and children under the age of 15 should eat only one meal of deer muscle meat harvested in the floodplains per week.
Trimming any visible fat will lower the level of dioxins in the cooked meat.

• Other wild game that have not been tested in this area may also contain dioxins at levels that are a concern. To reduce general dioxin exposure from other wild game, trim any visible fat from the meat before cooking, do not consume organ meats such as the liver or brains, and do not eat the skin. For more information on dioxin, dioxin-like compounds and wild-game advisories for the Tittabawassee River and Saginaw River floodplains, go to www.michigan.gov/dioxin.

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