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Sheep stolen from Golden Valley could be contaminated
2:32pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
POLICE investigating the theft of 38 Texel sheep from a field in Rowlestone have warned the animal’s meat could be contaminated.
West Mercia Police issued an appeal last week after the sheep, valued at £150 each, were stolen from New House Farm.
However, information has since come to light that three days before the animals were stolen, they had been treated with a worming drug called Zermex, which could be harmful to humans if eaten.
Police believe there is a possiblity that the animals were stolen so they could be slaughtered and their meat sold on cheaply.
But a warning on the packet of the drug says that the treated animals must not be slaughtered within 70 days of the last treatment.
The police say that while they are unsure what the effects of eating meat within this time frame would have on a person, they can say that it is definitely not recommended.
Anyone who has been offered illegally-sourced meat is asked to call the police on 101.
Information can also be given to the anonymous Crimestoppers charity by calling 0800 555 111.
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