Duck hunters who bagged ducks at Heart Morass Wetlands in the 2017 season have been encouraged to dispose of any meat left in their freezers.
Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) issued the advice following preliminary testing of per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) levels in plants and animals in the area. The Department of Defence undertook the testing at its East Sale site on fish, eels and ducks.
There is no consistent evidence that PFAS are harmful to human health, including in highly exposed occupational populations. But, since these chemicals remain in humans and the environment for many years, it is recommended that the meat be disposed of as a precaution.
EPA and the Department of Defence are undertaking more testing, with further advice expected by late December.