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FOOT & MOUTH PYRES - PUBLIC HEALTH MONITORING SHOW NO CAUSE FOR CONCERN

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Very slight increases in concentrations of environmental contaminants have shown up in the results of the public he...
Very slight increases in concentrations of environmental contaminants have shown up in the results of the public health monitoring exercises done around the Mynydd Eppynt disposal site, where thousands of animal carcasses were burned to control the foot & mouth disease outbreak.

Officers from Carmarthenshire CC's public protection division continually monitor the environment close to the disposal site and work closely with other agencies to make sure that any public health risk is identified and dealt with.

The results that have come through to the county council this week from the Food Standards Agency are from a food sampling exercise. They show that there is a very slight increase in concentrations of environmental contaminants known as dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs in lamb from farms in Carmarthenshire, compared with those from Anglesey and Devon.

One sample was taken close to the burning site and another in a different part of the county. The results were so similar that they indicate that the burning site was not the source of the dioxins and dioxins-like PCBs. Results from soil and herbage samples from both of the sampling locations, when available, will provide further information to help us assess these results.
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