Products and Wildlife Sampling
Another potential pathway for contaminants to reach humans is through the food chain. The ESER Program samples multiple, important agricultural products, game animals, and garden lettuce around the INEEL and Southeast Idaho. Specifically, milk, wheat, potatoes, sheep, garden lettuce, big game, waterfowl, and doves are sampled. Fish are also sampled as available (i.e., when there is flow in the Big Lost River). Milk is sampled throughout the year. Sheep are sampled during the second quarter. Lettuce and wheat are sampled during the third quarter while potatoes and waterfowl are collected during the fourth quarter. Big game and fish are sampled as they come available. See Table A-1, Appendix A, for more details on agricultural and wildlife product sampling. This section discusses results from milk, large game, lettuce and wheat sampling during third quarter, 2001.