Milk from farms near Silvermines site given all clear following lead contamination fears
Milk deliveries have fully resumed from a number of farmers in Tipperary following an investigation into potential lead contamination.
Milk from farms in the Silvermines area of Tipperary was sent for testing in the UK over potential lead contamination.
An Inter-Agency Group was recently established to investigate unexplained cattle deaths and the presence of elevated metal levels in milk from farms in the area.
The Group was led by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine with participation from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, the mining Industry along with other relevant state agencies.
Responding to questioning on the issue this week, the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said the Department continues to work with individual farmers in the area to assist with production issues and to tackle underlying problems on their farms.
He said however that his Department understands that there has been a full resumption of milk deliveries from all of the farms concerned.
"An Inter-Agency group will also review, and if deemed necessary revise the active management measures to be taken in the area in order to avoid problems such as those being experienced by the herdowners in the future," he said.
It is also understood the findings of the Inter-Agency Group will help inform decisions in respect of remediation efforts at the former mining sites at Silvermines.