Animal poisoning in Europe. Part 1: Farm livestock and poultry

Raimon Guitart, Siska Croubels, Francesca Caloni, Magda Sachana, Franca Davanzo, Virginie Vandenbroucke, Philippe Berny

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The lack of a reference Veterinary Poison Control Centre for the European Union (EU) means that clinicians find it difficult to obtain information on poisoning episodes. This three-part review collates published and unpublished data obtained from Belgium, France, Greece, Italy and Spain over the last decade in order to provide a broader toxicoepidemiological perspective. The first article critically evaluates the national situation in the five European countries and concludes that information for livestock and poultry is limited and fragmentary compared to other animal groups. The analysis has revealed that clinical cases of poisoning are only occasionally studied in depth and that cattle are the species most frequently reported. Several plants and mycotoxins, a few pesticides and metals, together with contaminants of industrial origin, such as dioxins, are responsible for most of the recorded cases. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-254
JournalVeterinary Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010


  • Dioxins
  • Food animals
  • Heavy metals
  • Natural Toxins
  • Toxicoepidemiology

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