Farm Ireland

Monday 19 February 2018

IMB issues dairy ban for certain flukicides

Declan O’Brien

SEVERAL leading flukicides which are used in the cattle sector can no longer be used on dairy animals.

A report on the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) website stated that the board had been informed by the Food Safety Authority (FSA) to stop certain flukicidal veterinary medicines being used in the dairy herd.

The veterinary medicines concerned contain clorsulon, closantel, nitroxynil, rafoxanide and triclabendazole. The FSA said the move was not an issue of concern but a "prudent measure".

However, the IMB is advising that:

  • Veterinary medicines containing these substances should not be administered to animals producing milk for human consumption, including pregnant animals intended to produce milk for human consumption.
  • It has instructed the manufacturers producing the veterinary medicines concerned to amend their labelling for these products, and this is currently under way.
  • In respect of products already administered to dairy animals intended to produce milk for human consumption, the Department of Agriculture has stated that, provided the veterinary medicines concerned have been used in accordance with their existing marketing authorisations, there will be no regulatory action necessary.
  • Pending the arrival in the market place of newly labelled product, farmers, retailers and prescribers should immediately comply with the new instructions for use and should not use the products concerned in animals producing milk for human consumption.
  • In respect of dairy animals which have been treated with flukicides containing the active ingredients listed, there are no concerns from a public or animal health viewpoint.

The issue came to light after recent advances in analytical technology developed by the Department, which resulted in residues from the flukicides being identified.

A full list of the products covered by the new measure is available on the IMB website and from the Department.

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