MAFF was over-confident on BSE health risk

14 July 1998

MAFF was ‘over-confident’ on BSE health risk

THE Ministry of Agriculture (MAFF) was over-confident that BSE would not infect humans, former deputy chief medical officer, Jeremy Metters, told the inquiry into the disease, yesterday.

He claimed MAFF was planning to issue a “hyperbole of reassurances” in a leaflet on the “facts” of BSE just weeks before 20 March, 1996, when ministers told the public there was a link between the disease and human deaths through eating infected beef.

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