Cows die from lead poisoning on farm supplying Dairygold
Published 17/02/2016 | 06:17
Milk supplies to Dairygold Co-operative Society were suspended from a dairy herd that has been stricken by suspected lead poisoning.
At least seven cows on the north Cork farm are believed to have died after ingesting lead in recent days.
Food safety watchdogs are satisfied that there is no risk to consumers.
The milk from the farm, which supplies to Ireland’s largest farmer-owned dairy business, Dairygold, will be disposed of as a precautionary measure.
A spokesman from the Department of Agriculture confirmed it was investigating the deaths of the cows on the farm.
“The department, in consultation with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), is satisfied that there is no risk to consumers arising from this case,” the spokesman said.
“The FSAI has performed a risk assessment on product from the farm which entered the food chain prior to the restriction and has determined that there is no risk to the consumer.”
Dairygold Co-operative Society confirmed the department was examining a “non-contagious animal health issue” on the farm of one of its suppliers.