Letter: Is our beef safe?
Monday 13 December 1999
Inevitably, therefore, the first cow went down with Scrapie (now entitled BSE) in 1985, and by November 1986, when six more cases had been identified, their vets told MAFF that this mysterious and almost indestructible scrapie agent had now got into the national herd. The vets were told to keep quiet about it, however, and nothing further was done for two years during which time it spread all over the UK.
Since they are responsible for the whole terrible BSE saga, the Tories are hardly in a position to criticise the present Government's handling of it ("Brown rejects both trade war and resignation", 10 December). MAFF were repeatedly warned in 1988 and 1989 that humans were at risk but they did not listen.
The whole catastrophe would have been avoided if those vital guidelines had been retained. Above all the grotesque tragedy of "new variant" CJD would never have happened.
H C GRANT
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