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Sources of lead - food

How can lead contaminate food?

Lead is everywhere in the environment and as a result, it is present in trace amounts in virtually all the foods we eat. In addition to naturally occurring lead, food can be contaminated from several sources.

Lead solder and canned foods
Lead-soldered food cans are no longer used in Canada, however, cans imported from other countries may not follow the same practices and still be packaged in lead soldered cans.

Lead shot in game hunting

Lead shots are still a common practice for bullets used for hunting. Communities/individuals that consume game regularly can be exposed to lead when eating animals hunted with lead shots. Other sources of lead can be from breathing in lead fumes from the blast or making your own shots at home.

Source
Health Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/environmental-workplace-health/environmental-contaminants/lead/lead-information-package-some-commonly-asked-questions-about-lead-human-health.html