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Lamb parasite found to be widespread

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A recent survey by Flinders University has found that a third of samples of lamb mince purchased from supermarkets had the parasite toxoplasma present. While the parasite can cause serious problems it is easily killed by ensuring the meat is cooked right through to 70oc.

Toxoplasmosis is linked to cats and one avenue of infection is through livestock contact with feral cats. The red meat industry is taking toxoplasmosis seriously and organisations such as Sheep Producers Australia are carrying out further research to better understand the prevalence and the risk. Farmers can reduce the risk of infection by taking action to control feral cats across their property.

Read the Farm Online story here - www.farmonline.com.au/story/6542546/lamb-parasite-finding-no-cause-for-c...

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