18 March 1998
‘Farmers are burying BSE-infected cattle’ — Lacey

By FWi staff

FARMERS are killing and burying “mad cows” on their farms to avoid reporting them as suspected BSE cases, it was claimed yesterday.

Richard Lacey, professor of microbiology at Leeds University, told the BSE Inquiry that farmers want to minimise the amount of BSE cases to get the beef export ban lifted. He said that the communal graves explained an increase in food poisoning cases because carcasses were contaminating water supplies and birds.

Lacey said the BSE epidemic is dying out only because diseased cattle are being buried “on a massive scale”. And he repeated his forecast of a large number of human deaths.