Maff's casual attitude to the BSE catastrophe was revealed at the outset by the fact that, whereas it took them only one day - 18 July 1988 - to protect cattle from further infection by banning the infective feed from their rations (when told to do so by the Southwood committee), it took them another year and a quarter to do the same for the human population. It was not until 9 November 1989 that Maff banned infective material - cattle brains - from our rations. We would have had fewer than 29 cases of new variant CJD if Maff had acted to protect UK citizens on the same day as UK cattle.
H C GRANT
The writer is a neuropathologist