15 September 1998
Lacey’s history of mad cow disease

CONTROVERSIAL professor Richard Lacey has written a book detailing the history of the discovery of BSE.

Professor Lacey blew the whistle on BSE – and his career suffered as a result. Now his book Poison on a Plate: the dangers of the food we eat describes what he saw taking place.

The book is reviewed in The Independent which says it is now clear the BSE crisis was “appallingly handled”.

The review continues: “The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, other Whitehall departments, and the ministers involved, were all astoundingly economical with the truth when it came to informing the public about what they knew.”