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Mouse contamination a risk for human health | The Land



A UNIVERSITY professor has said the current issue with mouse faeces contaminating sorghum crop samples is just one example of a range of health risks posed by the rodents.

Farmers in northern NSW and southern Queensland have had loads knocked back at bulk handling sites and at port due to the presence of mouse droppings, with Australian grain standards having zero tolerance for any ‘objectionable material’, which includes animal waste.

Charles Sturt University associate professor in wildlife health and pathology Andrew Peters said while the focus was currently on trapping mice, there needed to be equal thought put to how to safely and hygienically dispose of them.

Along with contaminating grain, Dr Peters said there was a risk of mouse…

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