35 Cattle Poisoned by Insecticide

US - The Georgia Department of Agriculture have confirmed that the death of 35 cattle on a farm in Clinch County was caused by poisoning of insecticide.
calendar icon 16 April 2008
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"We conducted tests on three of the dead cattle and found aldicarb in their rumen," said Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin.

According to the news agency 11 Alive, Aldicarb is sold under the brand name Temik. It is an insecticide used on numerous crops.

"We tested feed from the trough where the cattle had eaten and found aldicarb. We also did a composite sample of 10 unopened bags from the same lot of feed. This sample did not contain any traces of the insecticide," said Irvin.

The GBI is investigating to determine if there was any criminal wrongdoing or whether the death of the cattle was an accident. Commissioner Irvin said there was never any danger of the poisoned cows getting into the food chain.

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