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Gatton piggery investigation

10 March 2014

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Department of Health and Safe Food Production Queensland are continuing their investigations following the detection of chemicals in pig samples from a south-east Queensland piggery.

Traces of coumatetralyl, a chemical used to control rodents, has been found in animals farmed at the University of Queensland Gatton piggery.

Biosecurity Queensland's Chief Veterinary Officer Rick Symons said the piggery had voluntarily ceased supplying pigs to slaughter until the situation had been fully investigated.

"Biosecurity Queensland will continue to test animals at the facility to see what, if any levels, of the chemical can be found. This is expected to take some weeks."

"Pigs remaining at the facility are being monitored and plans are being developed in conjunction with the University of Queensland in relation to the ongoing management of the animals at the facility until the matter is resolved."

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said people could still safely eat pork connected to this incident.

"The risk to humans from eating the pork is negligible," Dr Young said. "This was my opinion when I was first informed of the issue and the results of testing since then have confirmed this view," she said.

"The important message to stress is that people can still safely eat pork. There is no food recall for pork or pork products because there is no serious risk to humans."

Dr Young said since the issue was raised no food products had been distributed from the piggery, further reducing the risk of contamination to humans.

The piggery is working cooperatively with the agencies in relation to the ongoing management of this matter.

Last updated: 11 June 2014