News last update:6 Aug 2012

Farmer sues company over selling dioxin feed

Millstream Recycling Ltd in Ireland is being sued over allegedly selling animal feed containing dioxins to a Co Tyrone-based farmer whose cattle herd later had to be destroyed.

The farmer - Mr Fulton - entered into a contract with Millstream for the feed about May 2008 and deliveries of feed were received up to August 2008.

It is claimed Millstream was required to provide feed reasonably fit for the purpose of feeding to livestock and free from contamination or pollutants that would constitute a danger to cattle or render them unfit to enter the human food chain.

The plaintiffs claim the biscuit meal was fed to their animals in October, November and until December 8th, 2008, when it was discovered the meal was contaminated by dioxins.

It is claimed the plaintiffs’ animals became contaminated by dioxins to an extent exceeding the maximum limits permitted by law. As a result, the plaintiffs say they were served with an animal movement restriction notice on December 9th, 2008. The plaintiffs say their herd had to be destroyed and they suffered consequential losses of about £1.7 million (€1.9 million).

[Source: Irish Times]

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