24 June 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

An incident in which evidence of the illegal growth promotion drug clenbuterol, often referred to as “angel dust”, was reportedly discovered in an animal originating from a farm in Co Monaghan has been the subject of a detailed risk assessment which has found that no risk is posed to public health or the food chain, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) told The Northern Standard in a statement yesterday.

There is “no risk to public health from meat that is on the market”, the FSAI stressed.

The Co Monaghan farm from which the suspect animal originated has had all its cattle put under restriction, the Dept of Agriculture confirmed.
The Dept said it was carrying out an investigation of a case of alleged unauthorised use of clenbuterol in cattle following a positive on-farm test result from one animal in a random sample. The Dept would not confirm the exact location of the farm in question, but the subsequent FSAI statement referred to a clenbuterol investigation in the Clones area of Co Monaghan.

The investigation of a farm for the presence of the illegal steroid, which promotes leaner muscle growth and is banned throughout the EU, was reported in last weekend’s Sunday Times, which said that the Dept probe was initiated following a positive test result from an animal from the farm. The animal ended up being sent for slaughter to a meat processing plant.

Subsequently, a spokesman for the meat ….

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