On Friday 2 September at 16h30, Meatco Okapuka Tannery was close done effectively due to Zenarol detected in urine sample taken on the 4th of April this year.
In a letter dated 2nd September 2016 the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) stated that Meatco Feedlot is committing a violation or repeat infringement due to Zeranol being detected twice within a period of 12 months.
Zeranol, the hormone/substance that was detected in the urine sample is one of many substances that are prohibited from being administered in animals and the manner of administering this substance, as per the Act, is by way of an implant
Neu-Nique Rittmann, Senior communications Officer confirmed that the Okapuka tannery has been closed down effectively.
“It must be noted that the aforesaid detected levels are less than those of 2015 which have been cleared as acceptable to DVS and which led to the reopening of the Feedlot earlier this year, a meeting on Wednesday, 7th September 2016. Both meetings did not resolve the matter, whilst we also have not been able to reach a common understanding on the way forward,” Rittman said.
She added that Meatco on own initiative contacted the competent authority in the European Union (EU) to test our understanding of the EU legislation and find ways to mitigate the concerns raised by DVS. The EU competent authority indicated their willingness to assist in resolving the matter through telephonic or other correspondence if so requested by DVS. Contact details were therefore forwarded to DVS on Friday 9 September 2016 for that purpose.