Diseased lamb carcasses condemned at meat plants

More than 400 lamb carcasses have been condemned at meat plants around the Republic after the animals were found to have a disease that can be transmitted to humans.

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine officials are investigating an outbreak of a disease called sarcocystosis in lambs that is believed to have originated in Donegal writes irishtimes.

A number of meat processors destroyed more than 400 lamb carcasses in recent weeks after they showed signs of the disease.

Inspectors condemned the meat to prevent it entering the food chain and potentially passing the illness to humans, who can contract it from eating under-cooked meat infected with the parasite that causes the disease.

The Department of Agriculture confirmed that its vets have condemned carcasses in several meat plants over a number of weeks because they were not fit for human consumption.

“The carcasses were excluded from the food chain. The animals have been traced and possible causes are being investigated,” the department said.

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