But I felt suddenly sick as I read the first two paragraphs of Tom Wilkie's article today, while eating my lunch of supermarket pate. I had thought bovine spongiform encephalopathy, however serious it may be for cattle, was an insignificant risk to people. Tom Wilkie, award-winning science journalist, only eats organic meat with his family, inspired by that very risk. And he should know]
So what is the situation? Will I give up sausage and get back on the cigarettes? The prospect of brain decay caused by pate eating is the most frightening idea in these times of health obsession. Although Mr Wilkie goes on to qualify his decision, the impression lingers that he thinks 'mad cow' disease could cross to the human population.
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