Council issues warning following death of herd

Leitrim County Council is one of three local authorities warning farmers and householders who recently acquired an Intermediate Bulk Container (commonly referred to as IBCs) to contain their Environment Department immediately following the death of a cattle herd.

Leitrim County Council is one of three local authorities warning farmers and householders who recently acquired an Intermediate Bulk Container (commonly referred to as IBCs) to contain their Environment Department immediately following the death of a cattle herd.

A number of unaccounted for Intermediate Bulk Containers were removed without authorisation from a factory in Co Cavan. These are large plastic containers which are normally bounded by a steel cage. These containers contained residue which is toxic and potentially poses a risk to humans, animals and the environment.

A spokesperson for Leitrim County Council said there were fears these IBCs may have been sold to unsuspecting persons in the region and they are urging anyone who has recently acquired such containers to contact their supplier to ascertain their origin.

If they are concerned they should immediately contact the Environment Department of Leitrim County Council on (071) 9650494 or email environment@leitrimcoco.ie for further information.

The public are being advised not to use the container until they are fully satisfied regarding it’s origin. As the suspect containers were filled with toxic substances people are being asked not to fill and rinse out the container and, in particular, do not allow any wash or residue from the containers to enter a watercourse as it could cause serious contamination.

The spokesperson for the Council noted there was no risk to the food chain following the death of the cattle and all matters relating to their deaths are being dealt with by the Department of Agriculture and Food and the Food Safety Authority, while matters relating to the unauthorised removal of the containers are being investigated by the Gardai.

“We are not publishing the location of the cattle herd which suffered the fatalities out of respect for the herdowner and we are not naming the factory, except to say that it is in Co Cavan,” added the spoksperson.