Performance-enhancing drug found in cow not a threat to human health

Following on from an investigation into the discovery of performance-enhancing drug clenbuterol on an Irish farm, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has said that it poses no threat to human health.

The chemical was detected on a farm in the Republic of Ireland. The FSAI has carried out a risk assessment in relation to this incident, said a statement from the organisation.

This detailed assessment concludes that this incident related to one cow, poses no risk to public health. The identification of this incident by DAFM [Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine] and the subsequent traceability actions demonstrate the effectiveness of the food safety regulatory system.

ABP commented: As part of its on-farm testing and residue controls programme, the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has identified an irregularity on a farm in the Meath/Cavan/Monaghan area.

Last week, ABP was informed by the Department of a potential issue with a single animal processed at its Clones facility in mid-May from the farm. In situations like this, with limited details of the issue, ABP will take guidance and direction from the relevant authorities, which have informed the company that there was not a food safety risk associated with meat from this animal. Any issues in relation to on-farm checks and residue controls are a matter for the Department of Agriculture.

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