27 cattle on farm test positive for angel dust
A further 27 cattle from a farm in Co Monaghan tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol - better known as angel dust - and have been destroyed. The Irish Department of Agriculture tested cattle on the farm after discovering an animal dosed with Clenbuterol last month.
The department had identified the initial irregularity as part of its on-farm testing.
A meat factory was informed by the department of a potential issue with a single animal processed from the farm at its Monaghan facility in mid-May.
But further testing by the department discovered 27 more cattle in the herd which had been dosed with Clenbuterol. The animals were put down.
A spokeswoman for the department said: "The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is currently investigating the alleged unauthorised use of Clenbuterol."