Infectious Diseases 2021

Infectious Diseases 2021

Ireland: use of unauthorised antibiotics in poultry flocks

17 April, 2021

More than 60,000 chickens have been destroyed at an Irish meat processor after tests identified the birds may have been reared using unauthorised antibiotic growth promoters.
Carton Bros, Ireland’s largest poultry processor, have said routine tests raised the possible use of unauthorised antibiotics. As a result, 60,000 birds were rendered, with tens of thousands more placed in cold storage until testing was completed over fears too that they were not fit for human consumption.
Routine tests carried by the company confirmed the possible use of unauthorised antibiotics in poultry flocks in connection with two farmers. Based on these results, The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and the Marine (DAFM) was notified immediately and further testing was carried out.