It was confirmed that chicken on seven different farms have tested positive for salmonella enteriditis.
The Food Safety authority and the HSE have been notified of this, but it has been stated that this outbreak poses no threat to the food of the Irish public.
However it does pose a threat to those who work with the birds closely.
Salmonella in humans can cause diarrhoea, vomiting, fever and stomach cramps. In bad cases people can be hospitalized.
The FSA has also stated that all birds infected with the bacteria will be slaughtered in a humane and non painful way.
They stated that the birds will be subject to “either destruction on-farm or to a process of controlled sanitary slaughter”
At farms where bacteria has been found, farmers will receive no compensation for the birds destroyed, as none is available.