21 July 1997
Mad cows on the net
ALTHOUGH not expected to create as much interest as the Spice Girls home page, the government has decided to set up an internet site dedicated to the BSE crisis.
The Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) has established what will be one of the largest sites dedicated to the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) crisis.
The purpose of the site is to inform the public about MAFFs work and progress on the BSE issue. Because the world-wide web can be accessed by anyone around the world it also enables people overseas to keep up with what the UK government is doing in regard to BSE.
The site is divided up into seven main subject areas including facts and figures on the background of the disease, details of the research, European issues and a Whats New? page which will be regularly updated with the latest developments.
The site also features an e-mail address for feedback and MAFF invites users to make comments and suggestions. The address of the new site is: http://www.maff.gov.uk/maffhome.htm