01 February 1999
Beef-on-bone decision ‘in days’

AGRICULTURE Minister Nick Brown is expected to announce within days whether the beef-on-the-bone ban can be lifted.

Mr Brown is awaiting a report from the Chief Medical Officer before announcing whether consumers should decide risking eating beef on the bone.

Mr Brown was asked on the Dimbleby programme yesterday whether he would over-rule the advice of the chief medical officer, Professor Liam Donaldson.

Prof Donaldson recently said that he would not risk eating beef-on-the-bone, although the health risk from doing so is now virtually zero.

But Mr Brown parried the question, saying that parliament had the right to be informed first about the Mr Donaldsons report.

  • The Times 01/02/99 page 3
  • The Herald 01/02/99 page 3