Cattle are being sprayed with a “dirty” shampoo cleaner, a government investigation has revealed.
The UK Government is investigating whether the spray can contaminate the soil with bacteria that can cause skin, respiratory and digestive issues in cattle.
The investigation into the controversial shampoo, which was used on the farms of Cattle Growers and Exporters (CGA) in Somerset, has been launched following complaints from the public.
In a statement on Monday, the Department of Health said the spray used on CGA’s cattle is “contaminated” and can lead to an increased risk of skin and respiratory disease.
“The product is contaminated with bacteria and there is no evidence that the bacteria were removed by the company, the product is being sprayed on and sold in this country,” the department said.
“There is no indication that the product was sold or stored in a way that would reduce the risk of exposure to bacteria.”
The department said the products can be used in combination with other chemicals, such as the herbicide dicamba, that have been banned in England and Wales.
The CGA website says its “novel brand” is formulated for use on cattle and horses.CGA said it was aware of the allegations against the company and is looking into them.
“Our aim is to provide the best possible service for our customers, and this is why we have not been able to offer the shampoo in the past,” the company said in a statement.
“We are working closely with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to address the situation and will continue to do so.”
The CMA has also issued a statement saying it was “satisfied” that the company was taking steps to ensure it was compliant with the law.
“As a result of the concerns raised by the CGA, we have issued a formal warning letter to the company,” the statement said.