The toxic metal, cadmium, was found in kidneys and livers of moose taken in Quebec, triggering a warning from health agencies.
CBC News in Canada reported that samples of moose organs tested positive for the heavy metal cadmium.
The samples taken in the fall of 2014 were found in moose livers and kidneys, which are considered a delicacy by many including native Canadians like the Cree First Nations of Eeyou Istchee.
Officials from the Abitibi-Témiscamingue health agency and Quebec’s wildlife department sampled 24 different moose from the region that were taken during the regular hunting season.
Although the agency prefers not to make a definitive conclusion at this time, experts say that the result of the testing is no less worrying.
The Abitibi-Témiscamingue health agency is asking hunters to take a kidney from each moose harvested during the season and drop it off while registering their kill at the office in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec.
The Cree Health Board is still telling tribal members to eat traditional foods saying that cadmium level increases in residents of the nine communities of Eeyou Istchee is being caused by smoking, and not the food they eat.
Cadmium is used in everything from plastics to batteries and even solar panels.