Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (872, 873)

Matt Carthy

Question:

872. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Health when public health advice from the CMO changed to no longer recommend a cull be carried out on farmed mink; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7055/21]

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Matt Carthy

Question:

873. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Health the basis on which public health advice from the CMO changed to no longer recommend that a cull be carried out on farmed mink; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7056/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 872 and 873 together.

On 16 November, the CMO recommended that all farmed mink in the State be culled on public health grounds and wrote to the CVO in the Department of Agriculture on that basis.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine continues to progress this matter with the farmers, the Office of the Attorney General and my Department with the intention to complete this matter as soon as practically possible.

Whilst this process is being actively advanced, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is undertaking surveillance of the animals, with no evidence of infection to date, and the HSE has engaged with the workers on these farms regarding health screening to ensure there is no current public health risk and to mitigate the risk of any such development.