12 October 1998
Calman alleges BSE-in-humans cover-up

By FWi staff

GOVERNMENT officials tried to cover up fears that BSE could be transmitted to humans, the BSE Inquiry was told this morning.

Sir Kenneth Calman, the Governments former chief medical officer, said he had to prevent officials putting out reassuring publicity about BSE after research indicated it could be passed to humans.

Sir Kenneth said he was told of a number cases of new-variant CJD, the human form of the disease, in March 1996.

MAFF officials wanted to put out a reassuring message about BSE, even though its officers were “fully aware” of the findings, Sir Kenneth said.