Day to Day Diary

A pre slaughter chemical residue test on a Marine Harvests’ ‘organic’ salmon showed traces of 10 chemicals. None of them are listed in the State’s annual Report of chemical residues published by the Marine Institute – part of the Department of Agriculture which supports an massive expansion of this industry - as they are below the ‘minimum residue level. The chemicals Including dyes which are illegal, artificial preservatives which are not permitted in organic production, anti-parasite drugs which have been shown to cause mutation world wide in just 11 years in the targeted lice, and anti-biotics which the world health organisation is seeking to have banned from agriculture to preserve their effectiveness in human diseases. The presence of the chemicals are hotly denied by the company and the IFA. READ THE ARTICLE in the current Village Magazine.

Erin Brockovitch has warned Irish Water consumers ‘not to be fooled by this dodge of responsibility and factual sharing of information by your government!’ about Irish Water’s refusal to notify consumers of the high levels of toxic THM chemicals in 412,000 consumers' water.

Brockovitch became a household name after a 1990 film ‘Erin Brockovitch’, starring Julia Roberts in the title role, detailed Brockovitch’s work in exposing Chromium 6 in groundwater from a cooling tower system on a gas pipeline in California. The film is to be screened by TV3 tomorrow Friday 26 February, at 9PM.

On her recent Facebook Post, Brockovitch highlighted the dangers of THMs causing miscarriages as well as cancer. She highlighted specific danger to pregnant women, writing ‘Trihalomethanes are far more dangerous to pregnant women. Studies have demonstrated woman exposed to Drinking Water over 80 micrograms/Litre of trihalomethanes are exposed to a greater risk for miscarriage in the first trimester and low birth weight in the second and third trimester... beware of very real "short term" exposure!’

The Irish Health and Safety authority have refused to notify consumers as they claim there is no ‘short term potential danger’ to consumers.


IFA’s Richie Flynn’s attack on the Boycott Irish Farmed salmon campaign has switched the media attention from Eamon O’Cuiv. The Connaught Tribune story quoting our reprinting of O’Cuiv’s statement was given a headline by the editor ‘TD wants farmed salmon boycott / Fish farm opponents support O Cuiv's call’

 The Deputy never made such a call and never said he supported a boycott. He said ‘I will not touch farmed salmon because it is a totally unnatural product.’

 Now the IFA has tried to steal the denial game. Flynn claimed that Boycott Irish Farmed salmon ‘campaigns to ruin hundreds of jobs on Irish farms, processing plants, smokeries and shops in Ireland in the run up to Christmas each year’ by ‘deliberately misreported data to give make an entirely false claim regarding chemical residues in Irish farmed organic salmon.’

 The Boycott Irish Farmed salmon has now published two more residue tests that both confirm the presence of the anti-parasitic chemicals Emamectin benzoate and the antibiotic drug Oxytetracycline. One of these tests also confirms the presence of anaesthetic MS222 [tricaine mesilate], used for euthanasia in the aquarium trade.

Read more about the 10 chemicals and why they are there, including the IFA statement.



 FIE’s campaign in Europe to have Irish Water customers informed of toxic chemicals exceeding the World Health Organisation and European Union safety standards has failed. An appeal to the EU Ombudsman to require the Commission to make Irish Water inform consumers of chemical ezceedences in their water has failed. Ms O’Reilly said that case law prevented her from requiring the Commission to take legal proceedings against Ireland

Trihalomethanes are toxic compounds, including chloroform, which occur in drinking water as a result of reaction between organic materials, such as peaty soil, when chlorine is added as a disinfectant. Long-term exposure to THMs include an increased risk of certain cancers, such as bladder and colon; reproductive problems such as miscarriages, birth defects, and low birth rates; and damage to the heart, lungs, liver, kidney, and central nervous system.

Irish Water arguing that all Irish Water customers can find out if their water supplies exceed the limit through their website, which ‘they are informed of through Irish Water billing which reaches over 1.5 million domestic premises’.

 Read our Press Release

 Commission letter refusing to take action

 EU Ombudsman letter

Eamon O’Cuiv, TD, told the Committee on Agriculture Fisheries and Food, on 1 December 2015 that ‘No one can try to tell me that organic fish farmers do not use chemicals to control for various diseases or lice. Fish produced on such farms can be labelled as organic but I would take the hill lamb over such a fish any day, in terms of it being a natural product. I will not touch farmed salmon because it is a totally unnatural product.’


Today the Boycott Farmed Salmon campaign publishes the results of a pre-slaughter test recorded in 2012 (the last records released after an appeal to the Information Commissioner) that shows a single Marine Harvest fish slaughtered for human consumption reported in July 2012 showed a total of 10 chemical residues.


These included two chemicals designed to paralyse the nervous system of insects like lice (Deltamethrin and Emamectin) which require a withdrawal period in the United States but not in the European Union, the antibiotic Oxytetracycline, the anaesthetic tricaine mesilate, and four anti-oxidants used in the salmon’s food supply as well as two illegal dyes, Malachite green and Leuco malachite green.


6 of the 10 chemicals are not listed by Marine Harvest on their ‘Positive Medicine List’ of chemicals they say they use.


Press Release   |   Test Results